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Leg 18: Port Moresby - Melbourne Intl [COMPLETED!!]


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Well folks, this whistle stop tour of the Pacific is well and truly under way, and we now find our selves on Leg 18 of Mutleys Around The World Challenge - a 1900nm slug from Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby Airport almost due directly south to Victoria and Melbourne International Airport.

And the transport for this long trip, well lets just say that it'll be best to sit back and enjoy the ride aboard this magnificent vintage delight :rockon: see you all in Melbourne!

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due to some very annoying bug plaguing my PC as of yesterday afternoon I've been interrupted by no less than 10 crashes since the beginning of this flight early Sunday evening.

I'm not bowing out just yet though, and to keep you all whetted for the final stages and baton passing in Melbourne, I'm posting the few pictures I've managed to capture up until now, so without further ado, feast your eyes on this beautiful DC-4 in British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines livery of the early 1960's.

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there's land in sight and i'm just coming to around 50nm south of Cookstown, so good going considering the problems i've had.

keep checking back, as the STAR procedures and landing shots at Melbourne are sure to follow!

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:rockon::yikes: touchdown in Melbourne, Victoria! :roll: :roll: Thats right folks, the baton has landed in Australia and is currently sat within the VIP lounge awaiting collection by our very own JoeEllwood - light up your engines my dear fellow, this baton's raring to head to Kiwi-land!!

oh, and before i forget, i managed to dash to the 1-hour foto booth within the terminal to get these developed. Looks like the wing mounted camera worked pretty well on touchdown too!

here we are just entering Australian territory

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a quick forward over-the-wing shot

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ahh, yes.. err, well this is when we... er...left the controls for a moment. Nice VC on this bird, isnt it!

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turning to intercept and begin the STAR.

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tuning to Melbourne centre, getting close now, and about time too, i need a stiff drink!

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skirting around the edge of the airfield here, ready to line up for a Rwy 34 Visual approach.

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downtown Melbourne over there... i wonder if there's a cocktail bar??

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there it is, lining up now..

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steady does it!!!

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full flaps, full feather and a dash of brakes brings us to a sensible taxi pace

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turning off onto the aprons... now then, where's stand 25-Bravo?

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and, as they say, thats all folks. Mr. Ellwood, its over to you!

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thanks chaps, its great to be involved in such an involving and community spirited group effort - i think a big well done to all is in order, and a huge thank you to our host Joe, a.k.a Mutley, for devising such a scheme!

on another note... has anybody else noted that all three legs i've flown have been in prop'd aircraft??

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.....you always manage to pick a great aircraft

i've got a lovely bird lined up for the next leg i bid on.... and on that note, would it be possible to request a particular leg much later on?? - i'll post it on the control centre thread, obviously

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