N113MF is home

We had a beautiful last leg of our journey – clear skies and tail wind.

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Some interesting boats off the coast of an island in the Philippines

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The last of the islands of the Philippines and a beautiful mountain range.

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The first island we flew by in Indonesia – Pulau Morotai

Indonesia is a country of islands – over 18,000 islands

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Pulau Morotai – Indonesia’s most northern remote island.  In WW
II it became prominent when it was captured by the Allies and used to bomb Manila. Japanese famed Private Nakamua  – retreated to this island and until 1973 did not realize that the war was over

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A while later we came by these unexpected and breathtaking atolls

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Pulau Numfor in the province of Papua

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Pulua Nomfor was a site for conflict between the Japanese and Allied forces in WW2 and both sides had air bases here

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More atolls – very thin strips of land surrounded by coral  reefs

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Marsh lands on Papua.  West Papua is Indonesia’s largest and most eastern province.  It is the least populated and most remote province in Indonesia.

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Papua is a land of great diversity – with stunning beaches, huge stretches of marshlands, powerful rivers caring gorges, mountains and miles and miles of dense tropical forests.

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The peoples of Papua can be divided into more than 250 sub groups. Communications has always been difficult here – so many different tribes have lived for the most part in isolation of even each other and so resulting in many different languages and an incredibly diverse mix of cultures.

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The mountain range just outside of the airport of  Jayapura – the base of M.A.F..  Sentani is the most eastern of Indonesia and borders Papua New Guinea.

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Our last landing for this journey

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Met with a wonderful M.A.F. reception and hospitality.

We are happy to arrived safely and sad to bid farewell to this trip.  A journey that is beginning for this Kodiak and the people of M.A.F.

We pray for the Lord’s wisdom, courage and strength on this continued good work.

Thanks so much for following along with us on our 84.5 flight hours – 12 legs – over half way around the world in a Kodiak on floats.

 

 

 


18 thoughts on “N113MF is home

  1. I totally enjoyed your posts on this trip to Indonesia. Very impressive and informative. Your diligence is appreciated

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  2. Thank you so much Val for your blogs. It was fun journeying with you both. Loved the pictures and interesting info along the trip. You are a great writer.
    God had blessed you with these opportunities to serve and deliver these planes.
    Our son is Tim Seitler who works for Fast Air and he linked me to your trip.
    Thanks so much

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  3. Congratulations Dylan and Val. What a great trip. I’m praising God almighty today for guarding and keeping you on such a long trip. Thanks for investing your lives in helping MAF to position this aircraft in Indonesia. It has been great to follow along with you.

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  4. It has been such a joy to follow you and the amphibious Kodiak around the world. Thank you so much for sharing this experience with us!

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  5. Over the course of the last 30 days on the Moody Bible Institute’s Radio Broadcast Ministry, Stories About Great Christians, the focused story was about the life and MAF work of Nate Saint. The timing had to have been providential.

    Nate’s ministry and the interface with these incredible flight plans that you privileged us to follow on the Flight Tracker display, along with the images of this beautiful, high performance, MAF Kodiak turbo prop, N113MF/PK-MEE, makes me believe that Nate has been with you and reviewing your handiwork with great favor and with a high approval rating. 84+ hours of international flying through 12 countries and 14 time zones in 18 days is an amazing workload, but then to top it all off with a nice tailwind and a final Garmin groundspeed readout at 194. 70 mph on your left downwind for landing on WAJJ runway 30, seemed like an aviator’s way to say, ‘Mission Accomplished’.

    Thanks for sharing your professional expertise as it brings to mind the reference to Matthew 25:21.

    God’s blessings to you, your family, and your aviation enterprise.

    Kind regards,

    Fred

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  6. I saw the plane on August 10 at MAF in Nampa when I visited and was given a tour (& then went to the prayer rally at the Capitol). Prayed about it getting to Indonesia with those Aerocet floats and now am so happy to see it has arrived! Thanks so much for your story and photos.

    Cindy in Sandpoint, ID at the Kodiak factory

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  7. Fabulous journey. Used MAF float plane with Costas Macris in opening up the Lakes Plain area of Papua ( then Irian Jaya) out of Sentani in the 1970s. Precious ministry of MAF. Thanks, Rosa Marshall

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  8. Well Dylan and Val, you did it !! The good Lord was with you and protecting you the whole way. Congratulations on the safe arrival of an incredible journey in such an amazing aircraft. Thank you so much for sharing with us the flight path and the beautiful pictures with your commentary. Thank you also for your dedication to MAF and its mission. My prayers are for your safe return to the USA and to your family. With a grateful heart, JIm Schulz

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  9. I so much enjoyed reading your blog on the trip. I never imagined plane delivery was such an incredible journey. Figured they were shipped over on larger planes…I gave daily updates to my husband and kids at dinner time each day. Thanks for making us a part of the journey and may God bless the work of this plane and your sacrifice to get it to the field. Jen, Seattle, WA

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    1. I so appreciate that- thanks

      Yes it is such an amazing journey. We were so fortunate to be able to do it. Really see the whole world! And some great stories from the ferry pilots we meet along the way

      Thanks again!

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