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    SYNOPSIS: Almost everything goes by air. In Papua and New Guinea, drums of kerosene, or?

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    Natives roll drums away tilt to ls
    4 ft

    Sewing machine leaded aboard
    6 ft

    packets of bread loaded
    9 ft

    drums rolled into plane
    12 ft

    Fire tender stands by
    14 ft

    Rubber bales unloaded
    15 1/2 ft

    Natives woman helped from Piaggio
    21 ft

    General shot airstrip 23 Piaggio propeller starts
    24 1/2 ft

    Piaggio away taxiing 29 pilots hand moves throttle
    29 ft

    ls take off 32 tarmac flying under
    33 1/2 ft

    hand on wheel pulling back
    34 1/2 ft

    cu Cec Sly 37 1/2 is aerial piaggio over rivers
    41 ft

    Plane under 45 cu Piaggio alongside
    47 1/2 ft

    instruments 48 p wing tip and mountain beyond
    53 1/2 ft

    Ce Cec Sly 55 m clouds in valleys 58 m Wing and air intake
    58 1/2 ft

    plane against mountain coming in for landing
    61 p ft

    From cockpit plane banking Tapini through window
    64 p ft

    From airstrip aircraft banking approaches
    68 ft

    Through window see strip touches down humps at 75 1/2
    77 ft

    Plane away uphill along strip
    80 ft

    Flag pole
    81 p ft

    Tapini district office and sign
    82 1/2 ft

    Natives on bank watch pan away to plane 84
    85 ft

    Cec Sly helping native got packages from baggage
    88 ft

    Equipment for survey unloaded from plane
    91 1/2 ft

    Man with oxy bottle
    83 1/2 ft

    Native woman and children sit and watch
    94 1/2 ft

    Cec Sly making weight calculations
    96 1/2 ft

    ls plane mountains background
    98 1/2 ft

    sly into cockpit
    102 1/2 ft

    Natives watch
    103 1/2 ft

    Plane towards downhill
    105 1/2 ft

    From cabin ground rushing past
    108 ft

    exterior plane towards airborne past camera 112 plus
    113 1/2 ft

    tracking cut over cliff edge tilt up
    119 ft

    from Cabin
    120 1/2 ft

    Looking back under wing Tapini bag
    126 ft


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    Background: SYNOPSIS: Almost everything goes by air. In Papua and New Guinea, drums of kerosene, or a sewing machine for a patrol officer's wife; or cartons of bread for some place where they have no bakery... all are carried by aeroplane.

    In a territory where there are no railways and few roads, the sky becomes the highway... the aircraft is the goods train, and the taxi.

    Jackson's strip, a wartime bomber base which is now Port Moresby's airport, is one of Australia's busiest aerodromes. Aircraft are on the move from dawn till dark. This is a Piaggio, originally designed as a flying boat, and now a valuable workhorse in the hands of the territory's pilots...

    The pilots heads north-west, out over the coastal swamps of the Gulf of Papua. The Piaggio is one of many light aircraft adapted for service on the limited runways which dot the mountains and valleys of Papua and New Guinea.

    Mountains now.. below, the Owen Stanleys, and somewhere down there, the Kokoda trail.

    Cec Sly has also flown Meteor jet fighters and international airliners.

    Dwarfed against 8-thousand feet of mountain, the Piaggio approaches Tapini.. it's tricky... a steep bank to the left between two mountains, and a drop towards a cliff edge.

    To add to the complications, the trip runs uphill....
    You've got to land once you start the approach. Towering mountains all around make it dangerous - maybe impossible - to climb away again.

    An outpost - Tapini has a patrol office, trading store and a handful of houses. The aeroplane is the line of communication. Cec Sly is pilot, first officer, steward, cargo officer, everything...

    There's no control tower. There are no navigational aids. And because of the limitations of the airstrips, take off weight has to be calculated to the last pound. In these mountains, you're not allowed one mistake.

    The take off is downhill. The runway ends at a 12 hundred foot cliff edge. You don't waste time getting airborne.

    This is how they fly the skyway highway in Papua and New Guinea. The pilots like flying here because they feel they're doing a job that really matters for the little outposts like Tapini.

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