Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Around the World Mitsubishi MU-2 Turboprop N50ET Touches Down at Bundaberg Airport

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Mitsubishi MU-2 Turboprop in Nagoya, Japan on 14 September 1963, the owner and president of Air 1st Aviation Companies, Australian-born Mike Laver, is flying his personal Platinum Series MU-2-10K model, N50ET, around the world to arrive in Nagoya by Saturday 14 September, to celebrate this milestone.

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On Sunday 8 September, Mike touched down at Bundaberg Airport from the Latrobe Valley Airport in Victoria.  After a day of R'n'R, N50ET departed Bundy for Horn Island on Tuesday 10 September.

Mike originally departed from Aiken, South Carolina on Sunday 25 August, heading to Eastern Canada and then onto Iceland and across the North Atlantic, through Europe, the Mid-East, India, Indonesia and through Australia prior to landing in Japan. Mike is including Australia in the trip to commemorate when he first began operating the MU-2, some 27 years ago in Western Australia, and he is looking forward to this homecoming. After leaving Japan, Mike is planning to make a couple stops in Russia and Alaska and stops in Montana and Nebraska before heading back home to Aiken.

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