Flying With The Lord?

Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
Trip End Oct 06, 2013

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Monday, August 15, 2011

We had met a couple from Germany while attending the festival who were trying to put together a few days on the Sepik river so we arranged to join them if we could find transport to Wewak. This proved difficult as the only way to reach Wewak was via air and the exodus after the festival had chewed up all of the available seats. We did contact MAF, the airline run by missionaries in PNG, and while they did not fly according to any schedule, they were "thinking" about flying to Wewak on the Monday as we required but the plane was being "repaired" over the weekend??

Apparently they were able to glue the wing back on, because when we showed up first thing Monday morning they were pretty certain they'd be flying at some point in the afternoon, and we were even sold a ticket for 2 seats on the plane. The purchase was one of the more bizarre experiences I've had with an airline. Not only was I talking to someone through a heavy wire mesh but there was a second protective wall of heavy Plexiglas with small holes cut into it. My entire conversation took place with nothing more than an eyeball or set of lips. When I asked about the flight, the ticket agent actually went out onto the runway to confirm that there was an airworthy plane available. I then slid my Kinas through a tiny slot where they quickly disappeared and then magically reappeared in the form of a piece of paper which wasn't so much a ticket as it was receipt. Since the mission work is the priority for this airline, we still weren't assured of getting to Wewak today.

Since the alleged departure time was sometime in the afternoon, we dutifully hung around the 'lounge' area watching a steady stream of food products, medical supplies, and people in obvious need of medical assistance move back and forth across the tarmac. Our time did arrive and in one of the more intimate boarding announcements ever, our names were called and we followed to pilot to his plane. Much to the chagrin of DH, the plane was tiny- including the pilot, there were only 4 of us on the plane but after a turbulent takeoff and a struggle to get over the surrounding mountains, the flight was uneventful and very scenic. At the Wewak airport we collected our bags and literally walked across the street to the hotel where we met up with our new German friends and finalized the details of our pending trip into the Sepik river area.
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your family!!!!!! on

well its nice to hear your having a great time......take lots of pics...

Dave and I are just preparing for our company today!!!!!

Be safe...

Love us x

marbonchabri on

so glad to hear from you guys....look on the positive side.. this makes air canada look great!!!!
looking forward to the next entry.
miss ya

Tracy B. on

Glad to hear from you, Vic and Deb. I was starting to worry! Vic, your posts are quite descriptive. I am enjoying reading about your adventures and am looking forward to seeing what I'm sure will be some stunning photos! I hope you are both in good health. Stay safe and enjoy!

Doe on

We are enjoying the trip with you....will be delighted when you can send off
some pics!!

Martin on

Vic and Deb, great posting as always. Stories such as these are the spice that intensifies the overall experience. Anyway, gut zu horen dass Sie ein Deutsches Paar trafen. jetz lauft die Reise entsprechend Zeitplan. Fragen Sie ob sie Oberst Klink kennen. Safe travels and look forward to your next posting.

Sherri Piercey on

I guess the glue was a better choice than Duct tape for the wing repair!

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