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Pilot's Stories

Flying in Australia's outback presents many a challenge, vast distances, few navigation aids, unreliable weather forecasts, extremes of temperature, all couple to make for challenging flying.

Dedicated Christian pilots transport evangelists to the remote settlements, and in the process have some interesting stories to tell.

It is hoped that soon Les will find some time in his busy schedule to reminisce about his experiences in the faithful De Haviland Dragon aircraft, that served the Patrol well, until it became impossible to maintain its wooden airframe. (it now stands in a Scottish Museum).

We have a story about one Patrol which, due to strong head winds, landed at last light, MILES FROM NO WHERE, and spent a very lonely and scary night. Woken up by a loud noise in the middle of the night, by a freight train that passed within yards of the plane, on tracks they hadn't seen as they landed. They took off at first light and flew in to meet a large group of people gathering to go and search for them.

Missing the Point
How "High Flight" Came To Be Written? It began at 30,000 feet.
First Patrol: Tale of the Bush Refueler
White Wings DH84a
Adventure Outback 2006
The Dragon Plane Is New Again
Centenary of Aviation and the OZ Gospel
Flying With Early Pilots
Les Nixon's First Solo Flight
The Lost Pilot
The Preacher and the Rusty Chain
Flying Lessons from Geese
The Saga of Snake Creek Bore
Temporally Unsure of My Position?
Electrical Failure at 9,500ft. at Night!
Wind Shear Incident Pelican Airport 1996
Lakeland Downs Claims Saratoga













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