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Misc. RETRO Flight #8 Tahiti to Bora Bora . . . . . 1962


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South Pacific flight 735 is a Grumman G-73 Mallard on a late afternoon flight from Papeete, Tahiti Faaa Seaplane Base to Bora Bora, Motu Mute Seaplane Base, both in French Polynesia (NTAW - NTBW). We have 250 gallons of fuel on board for the 139 nm flight of about one hour and five minutes. We will experience moderate to light cloud cover while cruising at 9,000 feet.


Thanks to:

Aircraft: Grumman G-73 Mallard. The Model by Milton Shupe; FDE by Airwrench and Michael Vader; sounds by Nigel Richards, Textures by William Ellis.

Propliner AI & Traffic: CalClassic & FS Aviator - Tom Gibson, Mike Stevens, Jason Krogmann, Manuel Jagmann, Bill Towers, Nikko Yaginuma, Richard Wright, Frederick Coleman, Dave Jones, Paul Haak, Marty Lochmiller, Ake Lindberg, Harland Sandberg, Richard Wright and Gary Harper at www.calclassic.com

Flight Simulator, Scenery and Add-ons: MS FS2004 v9.1 and:

-Tahiti and Bora Bora Seaplane Bases from the 1962 Asia Pacific Scenery by Mike Stevens, Wolfgang Gersch, and Tom Gibson. At www.calclassic.com

- Rwy12 and EZ Static Object and Scenery Libraries at www.flightsim.com

- FS2004 Classic Scenery Libraries by Wolfgang Gersch (classic_libraries_v4a.zip) at www.flightsim.com

- REX FS9 w/Overdrive & SP5 for sky, cloud, weather, water/wave, runway, taxiway, sun, grass textures and runway lighting.

- Flight One Ground Environment Pro II


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1. Loading passengers at gate 2 water.


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2. Hatch closed, cockpit checks completed and starting number one.


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3. Taxiing out to runway 4 water for departure.


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4. We are airborne.


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5. Climbing through 500 feet with the airport off our right wing.


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6. Turning on a course of 286 for Bora Bora.


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7. On course and climbing through 3,000 feet.


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8. About 12 nm from Tahiti we see Moorea Island off to the left.


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9. Climbing through 8,000 feet.


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10. Cruising at altitude about 45 nm from Papeete.



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11. Cruising just past the halfway point of our flight to Bora Bora.


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12. We are descending through 7,000 feet with Huahine Island below. Big Huahine is to the north and Little Huahine is to the south.


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13. At 4,500 feet we turn to intercept our approach to Bora Bora and we see Raiatea Island (above) and Tahaa Island (below).


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14. About 12 nm from Bora Bora at 4,500 feet.


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15. Descending through 1,000 feet and lined up on approach to runway 28 water.


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16. The sun lights up our runway at 200 feet from splashdown and we see runway 29 (land) at the airport.


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17. Splashdown.


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18. Out to our right we see a French Airforce Breguet 765 “Deux Ponts” taxiing out for departure.


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19. Taxiing to parking at gate 1 water.


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20. Parked and all systems shut down and the passengers disembarked (they got their feet wet on the floating dock). Thanks for flying South Pacific Airlines.


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Thanks for commenting Vlad, Gérard & Paul. :)

I may do another water flight sometime in the future, but good flying boat scenery is hard to come by. I originally did this flight using a Short S30 with a 1942 TEAL livery and it didn't seem to fit the 1962 scenery, so I used Milton's Mallard and flew it again.


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