A flaming toilet paper runway is one way to land at night in outback Australia
The Australian outback is a big, barren place and in emergencies? Sometimes you need to think outside of the box.
If it’s setting rolls of toilet paper on fire to help land a plane, then so be it.
Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) service pilot Geoff Cobden, along with a doctor and nurse, were called on to airlift an injured stockman from an airstrip at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, Queensland at around midnight recently.
Cobden explains that the logistics for landing in a remote location are figured out before the flight. At night, flares are used for lighting a runway. If that’s not available, car headlights can work too. Read more…
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