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2017/10/11 Oz Day 05: Birdsville to William Creek via Lake Eyre and onto Coober Pedy via Painted Hills
π 2017-10-11 01:01 in Australia, Flying, Ozsafari2017, Trips

We left Birdsville early in the morning in pretty hellish winds and headed for Lake Eyre which was half dry but still interesting to fly over. One plane in our group flew low enough that they were able to spot wild camels in the sand dunes. Sadly we were a bit too high to see them, and probably didn't look carefully enough:


I first flew over big red, where we had gone for sunset the previous evening
I first flew over big red, where we had gone for sunset the previous evening






by then I had a nice tailwind and was doing 159kts on a 125kt plane
by then I had a nice tailwind and was doing 159kts on a 125kt plane




when flying down lake eyre, I clocked a peak 169kt in level flight at 2500ft. Not bad for a 172 :)
when flying down lake eyre, I clocked a peak 169kt in level flight at 2500ft. Not bad for a 172 :)





finally arrived at William Creek
finally arrived at William Creek


William Creek, population 12, doubled in size when we arrived for lunch :)


special planes with magnetic detection probes to do land surveying for minerals
special planes with magnetic detection probes to do land surveying for minerals

most people arrive to William Creek the hard way, through harduous 4WD tracks
most people arrive to William Creek the hard way, through harduous 4WD tracks






After lunch and a refuelling, we went to Coober Pedy via the very pretty Painted Hills:








one of our pilots did some low level flying
one of our pilots did some low level flying



pretty
pretty




We then landed at Coober Pedy, which we visited in details the next day.


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