Gun Runners

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Re: Gun Runners

Postby Kismet » 04 Aug 2014, 11:59

OzBiggles1963 wrote:
SaintedAunt wrote:And here's another one wildly off topic :lol:

I've come to the conclusion that nobody actually wants to talk about the books - off topic chat is so much more appealing ;)


It's the sign of an active & enquiring mind...that's my story & I'm sticking to it. :mrgreen:



The avenues of exploration inspired by the books are just so fascinating....... I agree with OzB, it's the sign of an active and enquiring mind. Sometimes it is easier to chat than to spend the time looking up references.
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby Frecks » 04 Aug 2014, 12:02

I really love chatting on the Forum to people with the same interests. It is endlessly fascinating to hear other people's opinions on the books I have read for so long and I am always finding out more details about books which I have not read.
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby Kismet » 04 Aug 2014, 17:09

Kismet wrote:It is, somewhere, I think. Just a passing reference not a full story. Something like 'I'll have to enquire about salvage rights when I get home.' Can't think in what book.



I've had to skim through a good few Air Police stories set in Africa but I've found the reference. As usual it isn't quite what I remembered. It's the Case of the Mysterious Gunshots in Takes the Case. An airliner had to make a forced landing in the Sudd and became stuck in the mud. The local Wing Commander tells Biggles that the wreck has become a landmark, that his pilots are reporting it looks as if someone has been landing alongside it, and that the land dries out at the height of the dry season to become fairly firm so landing is possible for a light plane.

There we go. All the elements: the Sudd, stuck in the mud, dry enough to land on at some times of the year, except Biggles doesn't actually try and salvage the plane!
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby SaintedAunt » 04 Aug 2014, 17:13

Well done Kismet - it is much harder to find a snippet in one of the many short Air Police stories. You weren't far off though :)
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby SopwithCamel » 04 Aug 2014, 17:25

Kismet wrote:
Kismet wrote:It is, somewhere, I think. Just a passing reference not a full story. Something like 'I'll have to enquire about salvage rights when I get home.' Can't think in what book.



I've had to skim through a good few Air Police stories set in Africa but I've found the reference. As usual it isn't quite what I remembered. It's the Case of the Mysterious Gunshots in Takes the Case. An airliner had to make a forced landing in the Sudd and became stuck in the mud. The local Wing Commander tells Biggles that the wreck has become a landmark, that his pilots are reporting it looks as if someone has been landing alongside it, and that the land dries out at the height of the dry season to become fairly firm so landing is possible for a light plane.

There we go. All the elements: the Sudd, stuck in the mud, dry enough to land on at some times of the year, except Biggles doesn't actually try and salvage the plane!


Uh-oh. :shock: :o

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Re: Gun Runners

Postby SopwithCamel » 04 Aug 2014, 17:25

I know. I'll shoot one of them. Works every time. :lol: :twisted:
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby Kismet » 04 Aug 2014, 17:34

SopwithCamel wrote:I know. I'll shoot one of them. Works every time. :lol: :twisted:



Noooooooo! :kill: Finish the story. They didn't salvage a plane in the story I found. It's up to you to tell the story!
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby Spitfire666 » 04 Aug 2014, 19:19

SopwithCamel wrote:Uh-oh. :shock: :o

What do I do now?? :cryblue:

Just because Bill Johns did not say Biggles salvaged the plane doesn't mean he didn't :!: He also does not say he didn't. :mrgreen:
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby Frecks » 05 Aug 2014, 07:58

It might have been a completely different plane Biggles salvaged but I think this is probably the story WEJ was thinking about in Gun Runners.
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 05 Aug 2014, 12:54

Kismet wrote:
Kismet wrote:It is, somewhere, I think. Just a passing reference not a full story. Something like 'I'll have to enquire about salvage rights when I get home.' Can't think in what book.



I've had to skim through a good few Air Police stories set in Africa but I've found the reference. As usual it isn't quite what I remembered. It's the Case of the Mysterious Gunshots in Takes the Case. An airliner had to make a forced landing in the Sudd and became stuck in the mud. The local Wing Commander tells Biggles that the wreck has become a landmark, that his pilots are reporting it looks as if someone has been landing alongside it, and that the land dries out at the height of the dry season to become fairly firm so landing is possible for a light plane.

There we go. All the elements: the Sudd, stuck in the mud, dry enough to land on at some times of the year, except Biggles doesn't actually try and salvage the plane!


Wow, I actually remember this small reference now...but I would never have looked in Takes The Case, lol. Well done you. :D
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby tiffinata » 05 Aug 2014, 23:33

Well there's so much time between the end of WW1 and Condor that they could have done anything!
Perhaps it was an adventure never recorded in Flies Again.
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby Fairblue » 06 Aug 2014, 08:23

Limited only by your imagination, Soppy.
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby Spitfire666 » 06 Aug 2014, 13:35

Fairblue wrote:Limited only by your imagination, Soppy.

So pretty much un-limited :lol:
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Re: Gun Runners

Postby Fairblue » 06 Aug 2014, 13:45

Spitfire666 wrote:
Fairblue wrote:Limited only by your imagination, Soppy.

So pretty much un-limited :lol:

Yep. 8-)
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