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Far from home but a very welcome visitor in the form of DH114 Heron 2, VH-CLV, wearing Airlines of
|VH-CLV DH114 Heron 2 at Cairns|
Nearby Innisfail held a fly-in at the local airfield. The RAAF supported the flying with a DHC-4 Caribou and a C130E (A97-181), both of which put in a spirited performance as did veteran DC-3 VH-AES resplendent in period TAA livery.
Cairns for Cape York A/S was the former Bush Pilots BN-2/3 Trislander (VH-BSP) still wearing Douglas Airways trim as P2-DNP. Douglas is disposing of its fleet after the winding down of flying operations in PNG.
Movement of the month was undoubtable the transformation of local operator DC-3
, VH-BPN into the 1930’s period colours of Pan American Airways System. For its ‘15 mins’ of fame it flew from Cairns to Rabaul PNG (substituting Cuban countryside) to appear in the film ‘Bugsy’, a movie on mobster Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Segel’s activities in that country. Sadly the footage never made the cut, instead favoured by some file footage of a Pan American Airways System Sikorsky flying boat. Note System title has been misspelt as Systems. Shots depict DC-3 taxiing for Rabaul via POM. Queensland
Mandarin Airlines commenced scheduled services from
Taiwan (TPE) to (SYD) in October. Seen here is B747SP N4508H which called into Australia on a tech stop. Cairns
During October, Flight West Airlines bought Emb110 VH-FCK seen here still in Sunbird trim, which had been in storage at
since the company ceased operations. It became VH-XFK. Cairns
More heavy metal appeared in the form of L-1011 Tristar N193AT on a Pacific tour charter. It was wearing TRAVCOA titles (Travel Company of
) on forward fuselage. America
Metro2 VH-EPB of Eastern Pacific was sold to Jetcraft this month becoming VH-UZY, and is seen here on its last visit to Hawker Pacific as such.
|VH-EPB Metro 2|