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Several large sing-sings were specially arranged and thoroughly enjoyed by the visitors. The Australian party was travelling within Papua New Guinea in two HS748 aircraft from the RAAF VIP fleet normally based in Canberra. This was to allow us access to most of the airports. One aircraft was used by the Prime Minister and the official party, the other by the media contingent. But once we had to fly to a very small landing strip adjacent to the showground where a sing-sing was to be provided. The HS748s could not get in there and therefore we transferred to two military Caribou aircraft that were stationed in Papua New Guinea.
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30 • WHERE’S THE BLOODY STRIP? William C. Clarke My first experience of a Papua New Guinean bush strip was at Simbai, located in the mountains of what was the Madang District in 1964. Flying across the broad, low-elevation Ramu Valley from Madang was routine — just a plane even if small and single-engined travelling well above the ground. But after we entered the mouth of the Simbai Valley and followed its bending course upstream, and I watched the mountain walls on both sides of the valley get higher and higher above the plane, my perception changed.