HARS visit 2023

HARS visit 2023

Postby emfrat » Sat Dec 30, 2023 2:00 pm

My visit to HARS was a near disaster, thanks to forgetting my camera and thus only having my tablet to get pics, but some were usable.

This is the newly restored replica Southern Cross. Couldn't help smiling at the "No Step" marking on the strut. In 1935, on the original 'Cross, Bill Taylor edged along that strut, holding on to the leading edge with the back of his neck, to get oil from the damaged starboard engine to top up the failing port engine. Look at the size of the tiny cockpit side windows he had to climb through, five times altogether. to get back from halfway across the Tasman to a safe landing at Mascot.
The original Southern Cross is on display near Brisbane Airport, but you can't get up close.

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This collection of bits is destined to become the only flying Beaufighter in the world, hopefully late in 2024.

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A couple of RAN sub-hunters.

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...and what goes up must come down :rolleyes:

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Re: HARS visit 2023

Postby Splitpin » Sat Dec 30, 2023 2:44 pm

You lucky fella ...Mike what do those last set of legs belong to?
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Re: HARS visit 2023

Postby emfrat » Sat Dec 30, 2023 3:01 pm

Splitpin wrote:You lucky fella ...Mike what do those last set of legs belong to?

All of the 747 they have outside. No wonder they're so popular with West African emigrants :o

I tried to get into the F111 cockpit but if I had succeeded I would probly still be trying to climb out. Dangled the tablet to try for an eye-level shot from the left seat, but sadly two blurred ones won't make a whole good one :(
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Re: HARS visit 2023

Postby Splitpin » Sat Dec 30, 2023 3:08 pm

Cheers mate.... I couldn't work out what it was.
Happy New Year .
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Re: HARS visit 2023

Postby Charl » Wed Jan 03, 2024 7:57 am

Wow - Beaufighter - hope they get it together!
Always think of it as the spiritual grandaddy of the A-10 Warthog, such a pugnacious nose!
Googled HARS, and their front page is an overhead of that 747 in company of some prop predecessors.
Gives a great indication of how massive that aeroplane is.
And what splendid feets, thanks for posting, Mike
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