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Old Aug 17, 2010, 9:00 PM   #11
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John we went to Milford sound but flew in the 540 to Te Anau airport and went by motor coach into Fiordland NP and then onto the boat for a cruise on Milford Sound.

Coming back we had to race the clock as the Te Anau airport did not have runway lights and we had a narrow window to sunset after which we could not take off.

We did not go to Chatham Island.

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Thanks Lou, I trust you had a good time in our country. I was in charge of the Milford Sound airport at one time and lived there from about '68 till '73.

I asked about Chatham Island as that aircraft is normally engaged on the service to Chatam Island, several hundred miles if I am not mistaken.
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 9:19 PM   #12
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John, I think the Aircraft was chartered from Pioneer Charters.

I couldn't think of a more beautiful place to live than the Milford Sound area of NZ. You were blessed to have live there!

NZ is truly a special place on this earth. I loved every minute I was there. The only regret I have is that I couldn't stay longer.

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Lou-

When I went to work for Frontier Airlines, my first slot was as a co-pilot on the old Convair. I later worked for TWA (Trans World Airlines) Wow! That was a long time ago. Well I got more modern gradually. I retired as a Boeing B-747 Check Captain.

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Old Aug 18, 2010, 4:17 PM   #14
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Those photos take me back to the days when, if you flew commercially, you were going to be on a CV-540, CV-440 (had the passenger door on the left side as you faced it), DC-6, DC-7, Martin 404 or a Fairchild-Hiller of some description.

Now, that should really show my age.
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Great series, Lou!
Sounds like you had quite a ride.
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Love the pictures, and agree that you got to experience the only way to travel. Maybe some day I'll manage something like that. What a fabulous experience, I envy you.
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Sarah - Wow!!! I am really impressed with your fantastic career in aviation.

Ed- Yes those were all fine planes and I remember them well, so I guess my age is also showing.

GW - Thanks it was another fun part of a great trip.

Harriet - Thanks, it sure did simplify travel and save time on these short hops.

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I guess I am showing my age-

But in the old days I piloted a Convair 540. It was a fun plane to fly. The plane became much better with the turbo-prop conversion. Thanks for the photos, Lou. That brought back memories.

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Did you fly Convair 340 and 440?
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Wow that's awesome Keltech! Love such stories. The pictures didn't show on the original post, but I found some older (2010) pictures of the same plane on your album; looks great indeed

Thanks for sharing!
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