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It may well be the last thing we are going to do.

Problems with the throttle of only one engine working meant having to reload the C-17 which is why it appears to be parked tail in in these shots.

It was hard enough attempting a take off with 4 engines so I don't think one would have been enough.

Hold on to your hats and see if the C-17 made it.

 

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Now facing the other way due to engine problems but all 4 motors are now operating.

 

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Most of the village has turned out to see if we can lift off.

 

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Tails up and we go charging down the slope.

 

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I said most of the village but these 2 hens were not interested and would rather feed their faces.


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Starting to pick up speed but still not going fast enough to be confident of lifting off.

 

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The slope is apparent in this shot.

 

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Lucky the banana saw us coming and ducked under the wing!

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That is all the runway we have so heave back on the yoke and hope we unstick.

 

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That was close but just some trees to clear.


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Hope we did not blow too many coconuts off the palm.


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Very steep climb away from Tapini.


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Banking to avoid a mountain, the perils of not looking where you are going and instead admiring the scenery.

 

A very exciting day with the Globemaster both at PAGS and in PNG.

 

Hope you have enjoyed this series of posts.

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Excellent stuff Martyn! High concept and great shots. I was just reading an old article about Bruce Dickinson having flown the band out somewhere to do a 40 years celebration gig, and these shots made me think. So I have to ask - were you the pilot for Spinal Tap, by any chance?

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Nothing like thrust - a few more pounds and you'd've made it with the whole village (including chickens) on board.  Wonder what the density altitude was there? - they've got it all, heat, humidity and altitude.

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