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Trans Australia in a J3

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Apr 24, 2005
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Hi all, I have just completed a 2,200 mile E to W flight across Australia with my wife in our 'new' 1946 J3 VH-BOX (with only the standard 12Gal tank.) It took 2 weeks and 30.6 flying hours. We hit both excellent and awful weather and flew across some of the most desolate country in the world. 'BOX' never missed a beat, she averaged 75mph TAS, burned 4.3 Gal (US)/Hour. The longest single leg was 2.4 hours when we encountered an un-forecast increasing headwind, and landed with only about 8mins fuel left, an experience I do not intend to repeat. Our top groundspeed was 105mph and our lowest 38mph (when we were actually overtaken by a bunch of kangaroos). Our altitude varied between 6500' and 300' with most of the flight between 1500'-2000 AGL. I intend to put a wbsite together soon with a bunch of pictures and info. Right across Australia the J3 caused huge interest. At one remote town the entire poulation of 8 people came out to welcome us, BOX was given a bed for the night in a barn with 2 horses, and we were fed and watered by the local Maul flying police sargeant, whose solo juristiction is half the size of Texas!

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