Short Stories & Articles

2019 Bus Trip to Dallas

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Saving Mike a 3 hour drive each way, I elected to try the famous Greyhound bus on a trip to Dallas from Abilene to catch my flight. Fumbling with my phone… Read More

2013 Listening to the Radio in Texas

Listening to the Radio in Texas. 5,000 kilometres through Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado is an auditory nightmare. There are hundreds of radio stations, many with a range of just a few miles, so there is constant searching for… Read More

2005 The Chinese Motoring Experience

The recent survey trip to China for the 2005 Peking to Paris expedition may be of interest to some motoring enthusiasts. A vehicle was organised for me by Jason Li, the NRMA manager in China, to survey the 1907 car… Read More

2002 Aussies Can Do it Too

Lang Kidby In the eternal struggle to put a Vegemite sandwich on the table occasionally, I have begun leading Around Australia flying trips for Mal Shipton’s GOANA Flying Safaris. Mal has been extremely successful in this operation and now owns… Read More

2000 An Indonesian Odyssey

Lang Kidby The totally expected transport-arrangement debacle took place and the expedition finally got away just on dark, instead of the planned 6.00am departure. I had a 500-kilometre/12 hour journey in front of me, from Ujung Pandung (the old city… Read More

1995 It’ll Be Alright On the Day

Lang Kidby There was no way my backside could have survived a 4,000km trip to Townsville and back in a Jeep so I started looking around for something a little more comfortable. Ken Hughes in Kingaroy had an ex-army 1942… Read More

1980 Memories of a Vanuatu War

During 1980, as Ops Officer/2IC of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Air Transport Squadron, I had the pleasure of commanding the air element of the force sent to Vanuatu to suppress the rebel forces attempting to disrupt an orderly… Read More

1979 A Close Shave – Kar Kar Island

Kar Kar Island is nothing more than a huge active volcano thrusting out of the ocean about 100 kilometres north of Madang, part of an extensive chain of volcanic islands extending from Indonesia to the Solomons. Several minor eruptions have… Read More

1979 “Katibi” Down the New Guinea Coast

I first saw “Katibi” on a crude slipway beneath the volcano on Kar Kar Island north of Madang in New Guinea in early 1979. The lines of her 50’ hull were those of a large traditional yacht with a full-length… Read More

1971 Animal Tales and More

The terrible visibility in the Fly River district during 1971 caused a number of problems for the 183 Recce Flight pilots as the smoke from a thousand fires, during the driest spell on record, made navigating in this featureless country… Read More

1971 Assorted Flood Adventures

In February 1971 the call came to save the population of Northern NSW from inundation by the worst flood in 25 years and a huge effort was mounted by the Army and the RAAF, operating from Moree and Dubbo. As… Read More

1970’s The Truck Train

With the opening of the final stretch of sealed road between Adelaide and Perth, in the mid 1970’s, an era of Australian transportation received its death sentence – The Truck Train, from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie. Prior to this the… Read More

1970 An Underwater Adventurer’s Paradise

During nearly four years of continuous conflict between 1941 and 1945, New Guinea was a major theatre of operations resulting in a marine archaeologist’s wonderland, heavily seeded with hundreds of wrecks of ships and aircraft. Many exciting ours can be… Read More

1964 Landrover Trip

I had earned enough money carting sand in the old Morris on South Stradbroke Island to buy myself a Landrover. It was a real beauty, an original RACQ 1948 service vehicle. We hand painted over the perfect RACQ cream because… Read More

1963 More Tin Can Bay

Lang Kidby It is interesting how people’s paths cross. I have been following Geoff Vieritz great story about his Tin Can Bay days as a kid in the CMF. I also was in the CMF at this time as a… Read More

Random thoughts on Military Vehicles

Lang Kidby Just some random thoughts on military vehicles – mostly just opinion. You know me “Often wrong but never in doubt.” Often one hears and reads statements that equipment for military use in WW2 was “throw away” or ‘one… Read More