This week’s mega short-story challenge

This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of an old DC-3 put out to grass in Mangaweka, New Zealand. Well, concreted into a plinth anyway…

Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun. of course the story can be about anything.

The Mangaweka Skyliner - DC-3 on concrete in the central North Island, New Zealand.
The Mangaweka Skyliner – DC-3 on concrete in the central North Island, New Zealand.

Mangaweka is a small town and locality in the centre of the North Island, New Zealand. The name refers to local flightless birds, weka (Gallirallus australis) and means, roughly, ‘Wood-hen stream’.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015


4 thoughts on “This week’s mega short-story challenge

    1. There are two flying in New Zealand, one owned by the Warbirds which I first saw in 1987 dressed up as a C-47 in “Normandy invasion” colours, since repainted in its original RNZAF VIP-flight livery. The other is another former RNZAF DC-3, repainted in its civilian colours and operated out of Auckland. Fabulous aircraft – THE classic airliner as far as I am concerned. And still nobody knows what its maximum fatigue life is…

      1. I know! What did they make them out of? Herculanium? What’s funny is some that are flying aren’t part of an airshow. They’re working aircraft doing a regular job. While more modern planes are getting they’re wings replaced after fatigue fractures, DC-3s just keeping chugging along.

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