First leg of the F-27 from Darwin to Tindal ....... Im flying the MAVER2 Departure so we should have a good view of Darwin Harbor in the early glow of the morning sunrise. I just love the early morning in the outback, the coolest part of the day. Nice colours too for pictire taking. I can take a good size load so Im loading Medical Supplies and a team of Doctors and Nurses to fly them to Mornington Is for a much needed medical mission. So as everything is loaded up and we are fully fueled up its start time.
A bit of rain for our departure this morning, nothing serious ...no tropical thunderstorms that could rip your wings off.
Lets go ....
Long taxi today as I started at the Military Air Movements area.
Passing Katherine on our decent into Tindal,
Here is Tindal ..... Like I said before ... I have memories of this place ... Haaaaa the good ole days.
On my last visit to Tindal I spent over a month living on a stretcher in that Hangar behind the aircraft.
First Leg complete .... now to the best part ....... Nurses, haaaaaa Im taking them to the Katherine Gorge for a BBQ
Great time at the gorge with the nurses .... pity I forgot to tell everyone else about the bbq ..... but there were nurses. OK next stop is Ngukuur on the Roper River. Yes ... your all invited to the BBQ and the party .... black tie ok.
Get them nurses out here ....
The clock is ticking .... lets goooooo
Well at least I didn't get kicked out of the airbase this time.
we won't be seeing a nice big runway for a few days haaaaa.
ahhhhh my hangar ... see you later baby
I had to put this one in again .... it fits so well. Question ... what aircraft was this taken from.
Leg 3 .... Off to see the big pit at McArthur River Mine, a bit controversial but the mine is one of the world's largest zinc, lead and silver mines, situated about 70 kilometres southwest of Borroloola. For more than a year Borroloola's Indigenous clans have worried reactive waste rock from MRM and leaking tailings dams could be health risks, and have been asking the Government to tell them whether it is safe to eat fish from nearby waterways.
So lets see what happens today:
The big pit at MRM
There is not much out here im afraid ... just watch out when you see a cloud of dust coming coz behind it is one of these road trains, if driving just pull over till it passes and the dust settles. If you are flying ... you are too low haaaa. The nurses are not happy as they have to camp at the airstrip, well we have the BBQ stoked up and tonight its a sausage sizzle so come on over.
Not much to see today .... thats the problem with the outback, each settlement is hundreds of miles from anywhere and your stuck there till we fly out again.
They must have had rain as it is surprisingly green.
Allright lets get over to the sausage sizzle .... not much happening here today, and its too far to go anywhere. Meybe I should just fly up to Borroloola its about 50 miles away. Then the nurses would be happy haaaa and I could get lucky.
I changed the livery, I prefer this one, here parked at Ngukurr. I'm using another British Registrations (Avro Prototype colours) because I couldn't find any nice Australian livery. Anybody with a nice story about Alpha Papa Zulu Victor ?
Ready to take-off on Rwy 11
Turning right to heading 138 degrees
Overflying Limmen Bight River
Mc Arthur River Mine airport, and no mine around, that's good !
Turning to final for Rwy 06
Strong crosswind here
I was not firm enough on the rudder and didn't land aligned with the runway
Off to Mornington Is .... then it's good bye to the nurses. At least they made some dull days and nights a bit of fun. There is just not much to see scenery wise at MRM so we pick up the flight crossing the coast into the gulf.
Over the island setting up for landing.
over the beach and touchdown on the grass runway into the wind.
and here we are .... guaranteed great sea food tonight. Cheers