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Re: GAAR 027 Leg 8 4 years 6 months ago #32499

  • LeifH
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Tag is running even further behind but Andrew is letting him continue

On the road to Bundaberg










I seriously am impressed by the folks at VOZ for their colours and with Keith Paine for such a beautiful
aeroplane to fly -- finally to Peter Watkins for making Tag a very happy camper with the Lego sponsor
sticker


Leif
<<In the early morning rain, with a dollar in my hand>>
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GAAR 027 Leg 9 4 years 6 months ago #32503

Well, last two legs were pretty lazy, we had a bit of "get-there-itis" though, especially our chase crew who abandoned us on Leg 8, but we were lucky and got a few pics from other pilots and locals in addition to from our cockpit.

Pulling out of our parking spot.


Takeoff was a bit hairy.


Whew, cleared the hill.


Heading eastbound to the north of the field.


More rain? Really?


Mareeba in sight for our mandatory touch & go.


A pilot took a few pictures from the ramp of our passing.



Turning downwind.


What a nice King Air.


Final.


On the go.


Passing the photographer.


Uh oh... cumulogranite...


I climbed up to 8500 to get above the cloud layer, but closing in on the Flinders Group of islands, I had to descend back down, and was greeted with this sight.


Someone on the island got a couple of shots of our passing over.



25 miles from Lizard Island, we can just make out the caldera.


10 miles from Lizard Island, we can just make out the runway.


On the island, one of the residents got this picture of us through the trees on final approach.


...just before touchdown.


And shutdown with the escape hatch open.


One more leg to go, then it'll be back into normal service for this old bird.
Last Edit: 4 years 6 months ago by CAPFlyer.
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GAAR 027 Leg 10 4 years 6 months ago #32504

Well, it's finally time to reach the finish line of this month-long rally. As the afternoon sun tried to boil off the white paint from our beautiful beast, we climbed in and started up. The locals who'd watched us arrive came back to watch us depart and took a few pictures for us.

Warming up the engines.


Taxiing out on the grass to the runway.


Lined up for departure running up the engines.


Turning southbound for Cairns.


Beautiful evening.


35 miles north of Cairns, I captured this beautiful image.


These last images are a bit dark because, well, it was dark. :)

Turning final following an MD-80.


Taxiing towards our parking area.


Shutdown on the ramp next to the old Ansett hangar.


It was another great race. Now it'll be up to the mechanics to strip off the stickers and put VH-API back into normal service. Sadly, I won't be here for that as I need to get back to the US for some flight testing on behalf of one of our airlines' partners.
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Re: GAAR 027 Leg 8 4 years 6 months ago #32511

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Leif,
Thanks for your praise, & am glad Tag is enjoying flying her, I hope he can continue the journey. I gather the radio mod is working OK.
Very nice story line for the Bristol together with some very nice screenies.
Keith
Upside Down In Cloud.....
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