Aeroplane Monthly 1987-07
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R.Cockburn - Reef Encounter
Landing on smooth lagoon water is “silky", says Air Whitsunday pilot Rod Johnston.
Landing and taking off from clear stretches of water is straightforward ...
VH-LAW landing on Hardy Lagoon, the destination of Air Whitsunday’s “Reef Encounter" trip.
Landing and taking off from clear stretches of water is straightforward ... but getting close to the heart-shaped coral formation without hitting the razor-sharp reef needed absolute concentration.
VH-LAW photographed during its career with the New York Daily News. Registered NC2962 and named Miss Daily News, the Mallard brought home many picture scoops.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-1340s, the Mallard has a maximum speed of 215 m.p.h. and cruises at 180 m.p.h.