Talair, PNG

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    Pilatus Porter (or is it a Turbo-Porter?). Like the one seen in the film 'Air America'.

    Goroka, Papua New Guinea, 1979

    1. KOBUS 2C 84 months ago | reply

      It is a Pilatus PC-6/H2 Porter (serial number 660).

      See http://www.pc-6.com/history/660.htm.

    2. niceguy1962 45 months ago | reply

      Had both kinds of Porter, Piston engined and Turbine engined, Dennis didn't like them as when the Turbine got prop strike it cost him alot of money.

    3. Rockape1293 34 months ago | reply

      Yes Talair had both. Didn't get to fly the Piston Porter but did 250hrs on the Turbo Porter and it was my aircraft in the Kabwum Valley for three months. Not surprised that it had a prop strike because Lesley did the training on it in Talair and he flew it like a Cessna185. I was trained by Len Clampett (Macair) and we didn't do roller takeoffs or landings because it had the tendancy to wander. The Turbo Porter (P2-SEA) had an older airframe and had no pilot door. Best fun machine.

    4. freedom214772 8 months ago | reply

      You have to remember that the prop strike at Menyamya on the turbo-porter was caused by the pilot taxiing out of the parking bay over a marker cone, instead of out through the exit onto the strip and the bull wire that held the cone down was ripped out of the ground by the prop. Now we do know that the Porter never wandered on take-off, or landing, because it had a lockable tail wheel which was the last action prior to take-off. Lock the tail wheel! Jed CLampett

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