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In this image taken off a video on youtube from the Kaipo airstrip, you can see the saddle although not very clearly, but at least it gives you an idea of the height and steepness to climb, and the steep approach needed to utilise the full length of the clearing. The existing airstrip is actually just a track that is barely visible and probably wasn’t visible in 1962 anyway.

Here’s a collection of youtube links of planes landing there:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn_ XS9kbkYU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbs qLDXV-Hs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzH8 uaVJHX0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVZ FTr936lI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ednu rKij34g




Not sure if I will ever be able to check it out as my left hip decided to pack it in a few months back. It’s been x-rayed but that doesn’t show what the problem is, so it is now a waiting game to see if it completely heals itself. I’m now 70 years old and the healing process is slow. I would hate to have my hip fail well up in the bush on that hill and end up having the Rescue helicopter winch me out.

So if anyone is keen, I think you would agree, this hill needs to be checked out. Feel free, but please keep me informed so that I can assist in whatever capacity I can. If I was younger, I would be in there like a shot!!!


As it has been said in the past, “It is like looking for a needle in a haystack, but the problem with looking for these missing aircraft  is that first you have to find the haystack!”


My gut feeling is we have finally found the haystack…

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