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Jeff W’s RTW80 Adventure in United DC6B Mainliner N37580

 

I have prevailed upon United Airlines management to provide a DC6B Mainliner for this Round the World Adventure.  I reminded them of the favorable publicity generated by Roscoe Turner’s participation in the MacRobertson race in the Boeing 247D.  I committed to returning said DC6B aircraft to the company upon completion of the event in a condition to be returned to regular passenger service.  

Current Planned Routing:

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  • Ident     Name
  • EGLC      London City
  • LFPB      Le Bourget
  • LFMN    Nice Côte D'Azur Airport
  • LIRN       Capodichino
  • LGAV     Eleftherios Venizelos Intl
  • HEPS      Port Said
  • HSPN     Port Sudan
  • OYAA    Aden Intl
  • OOSA    Salalah
  • VABB     Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl
  • VEAB     Allahabad
  • VECC     Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
  • VYYY      Yangon Intl
  • VTBD     Bangkok Intl
  • WMKL   Langkawi Intl
  • WIET      Tabing
  • WSSL     Seletar
  • VVCR     Cam Ranh
  • VHHH    Hong Kong Intl
  • ZSSS       Hongqiao
  • RJTT       Tokyo (Haneda) Intl
  • UHSI      Iturup
  • UHPP    Yelizovo
  • PACD     Cold Bay Airport
  • KOTH     Southwest Oregon Rgnl
  • KSFO     San Francisco Intl
  • KOMA   Eppley
  • KMDW  Chicago Midway
  • KLGA     Laguardia Airport
  • CYHZ      Halifax Stanfield International Airport
  • CYYT      St John's Intl
  • EICK       Cork
  • EGLC      London City

The aircraft is already at London City and being prepped for the event.

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Leg 1    EGLC-LFPB

I think there was quite a dinner party last night.  I don’t remember too much which is probably for the best.  After a late brunch and taxi ride to London City the journey began with a foggy departure and a easy run to Paris.  

 

Powering Back N37580 from Stand 24 at London City

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Will take on some provisions for the in journey in Paris trip and then will continue on to Nice (LFMN).

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Leg 3   LFMN-LIRN

 We leave Nice Côte D'Azur Airport for a short flight down to Napoli.  Most of the route is over the Med, more specifically the Ligurian and then Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Running before start checklist on the ramp at LFMN.

 

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A bumpy ride between cloud layers at 12500 feet

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Napoli - DC6 configured for landing

 

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On Final

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Leg 4  LIRN-LGAV

Departing Naples to the south, our first waypoint will be the Sorrento VOR, then we turn east and cross the Italian Peninsula.  Our route will take us over Brindisi, Corfu, and Corinth, before landing at Athens International.

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Departure from Naples – Cloudy day, No views of Vesuvius today.

 

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Climbing to the east after passing Sorrento VOR,

 

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Mountains of Greece during descent.

 

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Passing Corinth Canal

 

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After shutdown on the ramp in Athens.

 

Mostly cloudy enroute with clearing sky as we approached Athens, overall a pretty nice flight.

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Leg 5  LGAV-HEPS

After a pleasant but brief stay in Athens we continue our journey, passing over the Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean before arriving at Port Said.   

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Afternoon Departure from Athens.

 

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Turning to the KEA VOR.

 

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Passing Rhodes at FL160

 

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Evening Approach – Port Said.

 

 

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Leg 6  HEPS-HSPN

Departing Port Said we begin the second segment of the journey from Suez to Bombay.  On departure and climb out we will parallel the Suez Canal.  Flying down the west bank of the Suez Gulf and the arid coast of the Red Sea to Port Sudan.

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Departing Port Said at 10am local.

 

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 Climbing out over the Suez Canal

 

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Cruising over Wadi el Gamel

 

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Brightness of mid-day along the Red Sea near Bir Shalatayn

 

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Port Sudan

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Leg 7  HSPN-OYAA

 

Departing Port Sudan we continue south along the west coast of the Red Sea, over flying Asmara in Eritrea, before reaching the southern entrance to the Red Sea at the Bab al-Mandab Strait.  Turning eastward at waypoint PARIM we fly 94nm to reach Aden.

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Pre Departure - Port Said

 

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Entering Eritrean Airspace

 

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Passing Asmara

 

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Aden Approach with Escort

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Good to see MSFS not only has over-dramatic clouds. They are pretty but I think I never saw them like that in Real life. 
Such a nice plane, I wish there was a P3DV5 version. 

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Leg 8  OYAA-OOSA

Today’s leg is a relatively short 584 miles. We depart Aden in mid-afternoon flying coastline of the Gulf of Aden to Salalah in Oman.

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Aden Departure    “After Takeoff Checks – Complete”

 

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Oman Coast – Golden Hour

 

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Salalah – On Final

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Leg 9  OOSA-VABB

We depart Oman for India across the Arabian Sea. Our filed flight plan has a distance of 1099 miles making this our longest leg to date in this journey.

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Preparing the 6 for Departure

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Cruise climb over the Arabian Sea at FL210

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At Flight Level 240,  320knts Ground Speed, 50knt tailwind.

 

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Mumbai Ramp with KLM DC6 piloted by Gunter.  Gunter arrived before me and observed my approach and landing through the murky skies.  I called runway in sight only a mile before touchdown.

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