Foreign Airfield Visit

Adelaide, Parafield, Edinburgh, Gawler, Calvin Grove & Glenelg – Tuesday 11th February 2020 (Mark Paulin)

Evening all,

Today dawned clear and cool although it peaked at 28c this afternoon before it clouded over at 1800. The wind has also been very strong blowing at almost gale force this afternoon

Noted at Adelaide this morning before heading out on the road were the following:

Adelaide 0700 – 1015

9M-MTE A333 MAS

9V-SHL A359 SIA

B-8870 A333 CSN*

VH-FTT C208B

VH-HIG PC12 Police of SA*

VH-JKU PC12*

VH-JLT C441

VH-LWO Be200*

VH-SMO C441

VH-TFB C441*

VH-VVI LJ45

Next port of call was Parafield. In all there are about 150 here mainly the FTA fleet. Those of interest to me noted 1045 – 1105

VH-JAV FU24*

VH-NJT RC685

VH-FTD H269C*

VH-FTR H269C*

VH-FTY H269C*

VH-JYS BO105

The short drive was then made to RAAF Edinburgh. A dirt road off Heaslip Road on the North side of the field enabled the following to be logged:

A47-001 P8A RAAF

A47-002 P8A RAAF*

A47-003 P8A RAAF*

A47-004 P8A RAAF

A47-006 P8A RAAF*

A47-007 P8A RAAF*

A47-009 P8A RAAF

N292EA MD87 Erickson Air Tanker

VH-ATF RC690A*

The next stop was going to be Gawler. However, you pass the airfield on the M20 Motorway and as everything was locked we didnt stop. In all about 20 hangers here and would think that at a weekend about 30 or 40 would be present,

We continued through Gawler into the Beautiful Barossa Valley for the next stop at Lyndoch. En route there is a T67 displayed outside the local school for anyone interested.

Noted with Barossa Helicopters at Lyndoch were:

VH-BHV R44*

VH-FRL R44*

VH-YBI R44*

From here we retraced our steps through the hills including a fire ravaged area to the Calvin Grove Airstrip. Three hangers here all locked and a sole C172 on the apron meant that the scorer wasn’t troubled.

A drive back through the Western Suburbs along the coast took us to Glenelg where a late Steak lunch was enjoyed in the Surf Life Rescue Centre Bar overlooking the beach and Promenade.

From here a short drive back to Adelaide Airport found these new ones between 1700 – 2215

A6-EWF B77L UAE

A7-AMJ A359 QTR

VH-ZZN DHC8 Surveillance Australia*

VH-CWO Be200*

VH-FDK PC12 RFDS*

VH-FMP PC24*

VH-JVL C441*

VH-LQR Be200*

VH-MVX Be200 RFDS*

VH-OSA EC130*

I will report back tomorrow with another road trip out from Adelaide.

Mark Paulin

 

Photo credit: Mark Paulin

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