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Leg 19:Melbourne YMML -->> Wellington Intl


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Interesting flight. Didn't exactly go to plan LOL.

Aircraft is the De Havilland Vampire T.11 - this scheme is a replica of the first Vamp the Aussies received.

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Sunrise on a beautiful Melbourne morning

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Heavy exhaust from the back

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Rolling down the runway

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Cleanin' her up

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Long trip to Wellington awaits..

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Obviously this girl doesn't have the range to make such a long flight (range is rougly 950nm with tanks) so the US Military was kind enough to send up a top secret tanker project to refuel the Vampire. No photo's were allowed to be taken.

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Leaving the Melbourne suburbs

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Quick glance over the wing

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Essendon Airport

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Lovely moon

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Gotta love GE Pro...

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Out of Melbourne

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The office

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If only it was really this green. Australia is currently in the worst drought it has been in for a few decades.

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Chase plane snapped this before heading to Moorabin

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Smile!

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Looking North up the East coast of Australia. Open seas ahead.

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Some (reasonably) low level cirrus clouds

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In New Zealand airspace

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Welcome to the land of the Long White Cloud

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A78-1 in all her glory

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Close up of the Moon

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Crossing over the mainland after being refueled 5 times

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Crazy Kiwi controllers I'll tell ya'!

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At this point my scenery started flickering on and off, and eventually was like this permanently. Not fun.

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Tried to refresh the scenery but it locked up my sim. Instead of restarting and landing at Wellington, I thought I'd make it interesting for you guys.

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To: Mutley's Hangar Pilots

From: Tour Coordinator

Re: Plane down

The aircraft flying Leg 19 YMML-NZWN has reportedly experienced engine failure (probably due to overheating). Here is a transcript of the last radio transmission from A78-1.

"Mayday, Mayday, Mayday. Aircraft A78-1 DH Vampire has lost engine and is going down. Position is 47 nautical miles West of NZWN. Re... *static*

The status of aircraft and pilot is currently unknown. Someone please get an SAR helo out there and retrieve the pilot (and if possible, the World Tour batton).

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i second that, some fantastic images here of an iconinc aicraft. If only the RAF had brought the jet era to us a few years earlier we may never of seen The Battle Of Britain and all the destruction it bought to our great nation!

as for what happens next, all i can say is All S&R teams scramble! We've a mayday situation, get that baton before it reaches the murky depths of the Pacific!

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That's a stunning set of shots Joe well done! Shame you've had to ditch in the drink.

Thanks Simi, If anyone's in the area please have a look for Joe and the Baton he has in his pocket!

Cheers

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Not to worry Joe the SAR departed a while ago, I've just got these pictures in from the news-feed.

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Once they've zeroed in on your signal the Jayhawk will be out to pick you up

:mrhappy:

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Joe,

I loved your choice of aircraft. One of the true classics.

Great photos and I have to say your imaginative way to salvage the flight after

a PC issue was top-notch. I think you got Mut in hot water with his better half,

however. Still when duty calls, you've got to go.

Nice job to all concerned on this team effort.

John

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Thanks gents for the kind comments.

Was certainly a big job to ask from the Vampire, unfortunately it was a little too much and it gave in very close to our destination.

Mut did an amazing job scrambling his Jayhawk and recovering myself, and more importantly, the batton.

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