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Auckland to Europe in 5-hours?

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Having fun in the hills!

« on: October 31, 2010, 04:42:28 pm »

I guess its a way of spending money on kerosine, money that I would rather be spending on the property.

You don't have to spend money on kerosine when you fly.

You can (if you wish) still spend it on good-old 100-octane avgas.

Next year, a classic Douglas DC-6B is undertaking a tour of Australia, offering joyride flights from major cities, as well as the opportunity to fly long-haul sectors between the State Capital Cities. The aeroplane being used for this tour is the last DC-6 in the world still licensed to carry passengers in an airline operation. It was actually the very last piston-engined airliner built by Douglas and was delivered in 1958 to Yugoslavia where it entered service as a VIP transport for President Tito. The aeroplane eventually found its way to Namibia where it was completely overhauled and restored with a luxury all-first-class airline interior. Since then it has been used to fly air safaris around the southern half of the African continent. When you fly in this aeroplane, you are treated to the quadrophonic sound of four big 2,500hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double-Wasp 18-cylinder radial engines burning through that 100-octane avgas at a frightening rate while they spew out large quantities of greenhouse gases. Flying the way god intended it to be back during the 1950s before jet airliners spoilt it all!

The DC-6B Tour of Australia Celebrating Australia's Centenary of Powered Flight

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