post Orion Mission Puts Copley back on the Map

August 24th, 2008

Filed under: Events,Your Stories — newseditor @ 11:37 am

Laying rest once and for all to the too often asked question ‘Where the *** *** is Copley?’ what can only be described as a stroke of genius by the Copley Awareness Group (CAG), with assistance from the RAF to either confirm or deny the presence of this too often forgotten outback bastion. While swarms of tourists pass by the town, oblivious to its many services, perplexed locals have been pondering the problem and the answer came literally from high above. CAG president, Theodore Bogsworth called upon his Rotary Club pal and long term ally Captain Strangelove, group leader of the Orion P3 Squadron based in Edinburgh, Adelaide. The $600,000 mission finally received approval after Strangelove convinced military command that the value of the Orion fleet could be proven statistically if the location and whereabouts of Copley could be confirmed, thereby enabling lost tourism revenue to finally flow into the town, a percentage of which would be allocated by CAG to help with escalating refueling costs of the Orion fleet. The success of the mission rests upon the publication of photos from todays mission, which will be sent to tourism operators around the world who oddly denied that Copley exists or is a tourism destination. There is absolutely no confirmation as yet but rumour has it that other lost towns will be put back on the map as an extension of the CAG-RAF mission.




  1. aha!!! There it is!!! I always knew it was there somewhere, but people keep missing it, thinking that maybe it was in Leigh Creek, or even Beltana. As news of a Copley Progress AGM has been advertised in Leigh Creek, I can understand the confusion. The Copley Gymkhana is to be held at the Beltana racecourse, another furfey. Are the businesses and governing body in Copley trying to send people the wrong way?
    Thank goodness that we have all found out where Copley really is, all due to the low fly-over of the Orion aircraft. Thank you Caldwell Malt for presenting your story so the mystery can be solved.

    Comment by di S Covery — August 24, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

  2. I saw that plane but had no idea what was going on! Thanks CAG and RAF for a successful mission and thanks Caldwell for breaking the news…my shout for beers guys next time you are in town, at the Leigh Creek Hotel!! Doh!!

    Comment by Day-Dripper — August 24, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  3. hahahaha….how confusement!!!

    Comment by di S Covery — August 24, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  4. ‘Tis DeFINEltly NaY a fLy bY NigHt tOWN
    wItH cHeEr aNd BeEr wE cAn oNly ThANk
    BOGsWortH, StRANgElOvE, CAlDwElL aNd CaG
    tHe mYsTeRy sOlvEd
    No BerMuDa TrIaNgLe aFteR aLl….

    Comment by KiCkInG BiRd — August 24, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

  5. Now, what would an Orion be flying over Copley for? I do believe they take surveys of geology, minerals, criminal activities like odd crops and water pipe layouts. hhhmmmmmmmmmmm………

    Comment by di S Covery — August 24, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

  6. I refer to your comment about the Copley & Districts Gymkhana bing held at Beltana Racetrack.
    Should you have bothered to take any notice, the gymkhana is called Copley & DISTRICTS (this is for a reason!), in addition to this, there is also no facilities to host a gymkhana at Copley.
    In years gone by there has been Copley Gymkhana’s held at Beltana, and anyone who knows anything about this area is aware of that.
    In regard to supporting local businesses, do you shop in Copley???

    Comment by Bill Hicock — August 25, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

  7. is it Bill? Is it hi? most bills are high in the shops in Copley, you are right!!!!
    What support does the community get from the shops?
    How long is it now since there was a Copley Gymkhana? Uhoh!!! It’s another question…………

    “anyone who knows anything about this area is aware of that”….
    ?????why wasn’t I told?????

    Comment by esme — August 25, 2008 @ 11:22 pm

  8. Noticed that notices, notifying community people of Copley about community events go missing from the community notice board outside one of above mentioned shops…..hhmmmmm…lets talk about support for the community….it is a two-way street.

    Comment by di — August 25, 2008 @ 11:29 pm

  9. if you read the notice about the gymkhana you will see that it has been sponsoreed by nearly every business in copley and the event would not be possible without this sponsorship. I think that is called community support isn’t it?.
    You were not aware of past gymkhanas being held at Beltana because you obviously were not in the area at the time or were not taking any notice of what was going on.
    The notices are removed from the notice boards by community members as i have seen this happening.
    The beltana race course has excellent facilities so why not use them there is no facilities of this nature in copley. who cares if it is twenty minutes down the road this is still the local area.
    if you were such a good community minded person you would be supporting these types of things. Community members have put in alot of work to make this possible. Your comments are not wanted or required.

    Comment by john munford — August 26, 2008 @ 9:46 am

  10. Captain Strangelove here,

    Dear people, our future missions will be compromised if reports of this get back to HQ. Our images are confirmative that Copley exists and this is good news for the mission and hopefully good news for people passing through who were not sure. I enjoy these flights but are very expensive for the RAF. Please dont squabble over petty issues or we will be forced to curtail our future programs to uncover lost towns if if turns out they are full of lost lost souls.

    My views in the RAF are most controversial…for example if you zoom in on that blurry image, I can provide you a much clearer picture of that magnificent craft, beneath my cockpit window a bumper sticker which says “Make Strange Love – Not War”…heh heh!!!!

    Comment by Captain Strangelove — August 26, 2008 @ 11:49 am

  11. Ohhhhhh CpT StRaNgeLOVE.
    PlEasE Do nOt tOuCh ThE rEd BuTton…..

    Comment by KiCkInG BiRd — August 26, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

  12. WoUlD sEem ThE pRoVeRbIaL HoRsE’s aSs hAs gAlLoP iN….
    OnCe aGaIn
    JusT iN tImE fOr tHe gYmKhAna…….

    Comment by KiCkInG BiRd — August 26, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  13. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh I fOrGot,
    cHeCk CoMmUnItY mArKeT tHrEaD….
    BaGs Of B*lL*h*T neEdEd….

    Comment by KiCkInG BiRd — August 26, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

  14. it may be petty issues to you peoiple but to the people that have donated their time for these sort of things it is not. Dont critisise people trying to make things happen. grow up

    Comment by john munford — August 26, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

  15. Heh heh!! Kicking Bird…those red buttons run my four engines! No one touches those but my first officer Captain Ingrid Hahnshoff! And rest assured our relationship is purely professional before you ask!!

    Comment by Captain Strangelove — August 26, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  16. DeAr Mr MunFoRd taKe nOt OfFenCe,
    JuSt qUeStIoNs aSkEd…..OnCe aGaIn…..
    My TiMe BeEn SpEnD iN ThIs BeAuTiFuL pLaCe
    fOr mAnY, mAnY YeArS,
    My KitH ‘N KiN iN tHiS ArEa OrIgInAte,
    GrAnDPa rEfcOllEcTs RaCe mEeTiNgS at CoPlEy FaIr ToWn,
    bUt nEvEr aT BeLtAnA UsInG tHaT nAmE
    BuT nOt A wOrRy tHeRe dEaR MaN
    He Be AnCiAnt,aNd mAyBe hIs gReY cElLs wOrN oUt
    JuSt TaKe a BrEaTh, sToP, DoN’T tAkE nO OfFeNce
    BuT, ASK WhY Be ThEsE FoLk AnGrY –
    dOn’T iT JuSt CoMe DoWn pLaIn ‘n ClEaR
    AsK ThEm To HeLp, ThEy bE rEaDy & WiLliNg
    GiVe iT a TrY, aNd mE ThInKs yOu wIlL fInD
    PlEnTy oF hElPfUl, cHeErFul pEoPle…
    Oh, aNd By ThE wAy –
    WhEn YoU sEe pEoPlE pUlLinG dOwN sIgNs fRoM
    tHe ComMuNiTy nOtIcE bOaRd
    Be A gOoD cOmMuNiTy pErSoN
    aNd RePoRt tHeM…

    Comment by KiCkInG BiRd — August 26, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

  17. CaPtAiN StRaNgeLOVE,
    TiS CoNfIdeNCe rEsToReD
    AnD gEeTiNgS I sEnD tO
    bOtH yOuRsElF aNd
    CaPtAiN InGRID HaHnsHoFf

    Comment by KiCkInG BiRd — August 26, 2008 @ 8:17 pm

  18. kicking bird is right yet again if community people were aware of plans for this event of a gymkhana many hands and perhaps more dollars might have been there too
    good to see the fly-overs still happening captain strangelove and captain ingrid handsoff…now where did you say the peace symbol was? and i got the bags of stuff you ordered for the market

    Comment by esme — August 26, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

  19. Flaps up Captains Strangelove and Hahnshoff

    Comment by gina — August 27, 2008 @ 12:02 am

  20. Service in a community is a strange thing. It required humility and a little thing called ‘customer service’. It cannot go hand-in-hand with crowns, tiaras and throne rooms. Service providers are shop owners, car mechanics, cafe owners, pubs, caravan parks, tourist shops, all providers of the needs of the community and tourists. Now, if one was nasty to a tourist, and told them to ‘f…off’, I do believe the air waves on UHF sets would spread that word very quickly. Now, what is the difference in dealing with towns folk? The word spreads much quicker, and they end up not supporting that business. A business service is meant to treat them with respect.
    There is a saying….”You don’t poop in your own nest”.

    Comment by esme — August 27, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

  21. Oh yes esme, I have been in service for thirty years now and if I did’nt fib when I joined the British Marines they would probably take my flying license away, being bit of a beatnik in the sixties the airforce cut me some slack, so my creative outback flights may be limited and I really cant see Hanhshoff using the fleet like this with such gay abandon.

    Comment by Captain Strangelove — August 27, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

  22. Hmmm what interesting things that have been going on there.
    First I did a double Take at the wording RAF didnt look right till I saw Dr Strangelove was i the British service.
    Being the wife of a 22 Year Army husband now retired I thought the plane should have been corrected to RAAF,you see it leaves near my home down here yep I know they are the “invisable” ones have been since going into service.
    They are genreally used for snooping with good cause.
    Oh do what I do if the pass over real low hold up your coffee cup offering the one I always have.
    They dont miss much.
    Oh and best of luck with your fair, but rain has been forcast this weekend for up north so I hope you get your fair share

    Comment by kate — August 27, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

  23. Oops!!!!!! Captain Strangelove gotta keep the title right
    Sorry Sir

    Comment by kate — August 28, 2008 @ 12:04 am

  24. Oh yes, I do like a bit of fanfare on departure, I must say I still use my disposable kodaks for a lot of the runs, much more straight forward than a lot of these new fangled devices crammed in the back of the plane…im sure they would work but you would’nt believe how complex the instructions are, thank goodness the plane is easy to get in the sky, 1, 2, 3 and 4 and ships ahoy…

    Comment by Captain Strangelove — August 28, 2008 @ 9:02 am

  25. the rain will be welcome Kate, even if it pours down on Saturday. It will not stop the fair, nor the willing and creative people who have dedicated so much time and effort into this community event. We will have fun regardless….will probably dance naked in the rain….now that might bring in some more people to buy the goods and plants….or it may scare them away….hhhhmmmmm
    as for captain strangelove……i better not discuss flaps eh! not after that visual effrontery.

    Comment by esme — August 28, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

  26. Well esme I do hope you do get some of the rain its 12.45am now and its gone icy cold and dern we are getting rain already.
    I am fully aware of all the effort that has gone into fair I sure hope it goes well for all you have worked really hard.
    I know what you mean about the flaps I have beauties hahahaha!
    If you do get this rain you will be able to dance like crazy not to mention “legal” water for the communityand you beautiful gardens which I dont even have yet bumma!!!!!!
    Have a wonderful time all

    Comment by kate — August 30, 2008 @ 12:43 am

  27. thanks Kate…..we did have a blooming good time, made some mullah and generally tired ourselves out.
    Fly-overs will not shwo Copley soon, all they will see is a forest of gardens…wooohooooo

    Comment by di — September 1, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

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