Wednesday, October 13, 2021

In situ. More to come, hopefully!


I exist. I am real. Well, real enough to cause myself some damage. 

Apologies for not staying up to date and posting more often, but, well... Life.


No excuses. I'll be back. 


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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Still here.... just.


Sorry about the ongoing failure to post, but I have plans to get back to something more consistent... soon. 

In the meantime, you may like to follow me on Quora. I do post there (almost daily) on many topics, including finance, business, economics, society, and science.

Stay well, keep safe.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Check these blogs out as well!

I've been a bit slack here with my posting but there's been a lot more activity on my other blogs... please check 'em out!

Addicted2wheels - bike racing for everyone
Offline - my take on the planet and its politics
Dopage - all the dope on the dopes who dope, allegedly
Secrets of a Sydney Past - personal photos and recollections of Sydney's history
Central Coast Imagery - my photography blog
Musical Must-knows - software and gadgets for the electronic audio artiste
My Alfa Blog - as in rust-free Italians
My PC Help Blog - as in fixing hardware and software

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

An Ansett L188 Electra doing night freight duties, 1976

Ansett L188 Electra 76_918 by gtveloce
Ansett L188 Electra 76_918, a photo by gtveloce on Flickr.

Excuse the blur but it was hand-held after dusk!! Point is that it's an L188 Electra, forced to serve out its days carrying cargo at night. Sydney then (as now) had a curfew on jets so "quieter" prop-driven aircraft did the night-time shifts. It extended the life of this Ansett Electra, which was retired from passenger duties in the early 1970s. I remember both TAA and Ansett Electras swooping in from the south, joining the 16 approach quite late, over Marrickville or even Sydenham in order to 'nip in' before a bigger jet. They often soared over my head, one following the other in the 2-airline parallel timetable days.

QF DC4 circa 1977 on approach to Sydney's 16

QF DC4 1977_229 by gtveloce
QF DC4 1977_229, a photo by gtveloce on Flickr.

It's hard to believe now but... it's a Qantas DC4... still in regular service in 1977!

Yes, QF needed the grass-field performance of the venerable Douglas back then, just to get to Norfolk Island... black and white shot, probably Tri-X. The DC4s were pensioned off a little later.

Ansett 727 on approach rwy 16 Sydney

Ansett 727 75_158 by gtveloce
Ansett 727 75_158, a photo by gtveloce on Flickr.

There's something about these 3-engined T-tailed Boeings that appeals to me. I'm not sure what it is, although it could be that I saw (and flew in) quite a few of 'em.

I once flew into Alice Springs on a 727 and I swear the pilot put it into reverse thrust whilst still airborne... over the threshold we go and wham, full roar from behind! We certainly stopped quickly on what was a short and bumpy strip. The subsequent takeoff was no less exciting...

Oh yes, and it's in Ansett markings, an airline that's no longer.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Free airshow up the Tamar valley

These are RAAF Pilatus PC9/As in a tight aerobatic formation (called the Roulettes). It was an unexpected show, 6 of these aircraft suddenly arrived in the Tamar valley (Launceston) and went into what was either a warmup, practice or a holding pattern. I think they were waiting for their slot for a display over the local Symmonds Plains race track but that's just a guess.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Short Sandringham Rose Bay

Another load of old airliners... all in Sydney during the early to mid 1970s. This is one of 2 ex-Ansett Sandringhams prior to handover to Antilles Airboats in late 1974.

There were 2 of these 'boats:
(1) 'BRC had the rounded nose of a more 'pure' Sandringham (even though it was a converted Sunderland) and was called 'Beachcomber', becoming N158C with Antilles Airboats in 1974. 'BRC is now landlocked, at Southampton, UK.

(2) 'BRF, named 'Islander', was a 'near-converted' Sunderland with a blunter nose. It's now landlocked at Miami, Florida.

I may not have taken this shot - I took a lot, but so did my late friend James Davidson, who had access to the Rose Bay base via his flight engineer father. James got me hooked onto black and white photography in the first place.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 17

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
Which brings us to the end - for now. If you click an image you'll be able to search Flickr (try the gtveloce photostream) for more of these out-of-box Qantas experiences. The kit included many interesting images on film, if only I could find 'em!

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 16

Qantas ed kit_0761
Originally uploaded by gtveloce
And here's a collection of interesting reproductions of various QANTAS doco, including the very first ticket.

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 15

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
OK, I'll keep it short. This is evidently a reproduction of the first - or a very early - QANTAS timetable...

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 14

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
You are hoping this tour is over soon, eh? Well believe me, it's barely started!

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 13

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
Gets a bit dull now - although that's a nice 707 shot.

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 12

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
Now here are some real airliners - Constellations, the DC-4 and the Electra.

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 10

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
I do love the detail here - the engines, the horsepower, who made the airframe and where...

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 9

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
Unless you prefer the real golden age of airliners, like this Empire class flying boat...

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 8

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
This is more like it - Constellations!

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 7

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
Not forgetting this excellent list of the Qantas fleet, replete with the Douglas DC-4. Yes, that's really March 1973.

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 6

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
There's even a cool shot of the Qantas new-fangled Jet Base at Sydney to ogle.

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 5

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
And also in the education kit is a copy of Airways magazine, full of interest for young and old.

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 4

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
Not forgetting this handy pack to amuse the kiddies. Umm, Courtline? Is that a BAC1-11? Why, Qantas, why?

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 3

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
And here's a handy flight log to draw on as you flash through the skies in your shiny Boeing 707.

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 2

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
The kit includes an AVRO504 - that's always handy. Somehow I held myself back and didn't assemble it.

Qantas - from Joyflights to Jumbos - part 1

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Originally uploaded by gtveloce
Bear with me as I prowl through the archives and unleash a Qantas educational kit-in-a-box from circa 1974. It's a buzz, trust me.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tracking aircraft movements in real time

I was only wondering the other day if anyone does this... I've seen a similar thing done with US flight data mapped against Google Earth. As a kid (believe it or not) I used to do exactly this - but manually! - with a VHF radio and a sheet of tracing paper laid over a map. I'd plot aircraft movements as they left the gate at Sydney and tracked them as far as I could, switching frequencies as they handed over to different controllers, from the ground controllers until as far away as Hawaii at times... well it fascinated me at the time (and I was a weird kid)!

Check it out:

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