A Bit of Perth

3 responses to “A Bit of Perth

  1. Good to see that this important piece of equipment has been preserved, if only as an historical oddity.

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  2. Oh, I don’t know they were so important … I remember a Cessna 182 from one of the missions flying in to Madang airport once in the middle of a power outage, a frequent event in 1958. Nothing like about 60 natives holding torches of various wattage being placed alongside the strip to indicate to the pilot where he had to land. And another one or two at the end of the strip (about 100 yards from the edge of the bay) being placed there with red torches to indicate not to go any further after the Cessna landed safely. Marvelous what you can do when you have to.

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    • Human torches would’ve been equally effective of course. Light aircraft were obviously a great form of communication and an essential means of moving supplies to remote outposts, do they still have ‘flying doctors’?

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