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Jeff W’s RTW80 Adventure in United DC6B Mainliner N37580


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Leg 10  VABB-VEAB

We will compete this phase of the journey in two legs.  The first leg will take us across India to Allahabad (one of the world’s oldest known cities.)  We will fly over the Indian states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. 

Our final approach into Allahabad will take us past Triveni Sangam.  Triveni Sangam is the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati River.  The Ganges and Yamuna there can be identified by their different colors – the water of the Ganges is clear while that of Yamuna is greenish in color. The third river, mythical Saraswati, is called invisible.  A place of religious importance and the site for historic Kumbh Mela held every 12 years, over the years it has also been the site of immersion of ashes of several national leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi in 1949.

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Another Hazy Mumbai Morning – Lined Up and Ready to Go

 

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Passing near Bophal

 

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Allahabad Approach -  Triveni Sangam

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Leg 11  VEAB-VACC

The final leg of this phase will take us to Kolkata.  We will depart in late afternoon and arrive in early evening.

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Allahabad - Pre Departure Walk Around

 

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Late Afternoon over the Ganges

 

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Murky Night Approach - Runway in Sight

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Leg 12  VECC-VYYY

 

The next phase of the journey begins with a leg from Kolkata to Yangon.  Departing to the northeast reaching the Padma (lower Ganges) below its junction with the Brahmaputra River.

Turning southeast we follow the Meghna River, one of the three that form the Ganges Delta, the largest delta on earth, which fans out to the Bay of Bengal. 

Our route will take us over Chittagong.  The Chittagong area has been a recorded seaport since the 4th century BCE. In the 2nd century, the harbor appeared on Ptolemy's map, drawn by the Greco-Roman cartographer Claudius Ptolemy. The map mentions the harbor as one of the finest in the Eastern world.

Turning eastward we cross the mountainous Chin region of Burma to reach World Heritage Site of Bagan where over 10000 small temples were constructed in the 9th to 13th centuries. From this point we follow the Irrawaddy River sometimes referred to as 'The Road to Mandalay' south to Yangon on the Andaman Sea.

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Kolkata - Hazy Morning Departure

 

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Padma – Bramhaputra

 

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High over Bagan and the Irrawaddy - The Road to Mandalay

 

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Yangon - On Final

 

 

 

 

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Leg 13  VYYY- VTBD

 

Today’s flight is a short 420 mile leg to Bangkok.  We will overfly Khao Laem National Park.  The landscape of the park is steeply limestone mountain run on north-south axis.  Large animals of the area include tigers, elephants, gaurs, sambar deer, barking deer and wild boars.

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Late Afternoon Departure – Roaring out of Yangon

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Srinagarind Reservoir

 

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Early Evening - Bangkok Approach

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When it comes to screenshots, you can't go far wrong with the PMDG DC6 over MSFS2020 scenery. Some great ones in this thread, but I particularly like that murky night approach into Kolkata. The air quality is often less than desirable there. Looking forward to the next stage.

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Leg 14  VTBD-WMKL

 

We resume our journey southward across the Gulf of Thailand, over the Malay Peninsula, past the resort of Phuket to Langkawi Island near the entrance to the Straits of Malacca.

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Midday Bangkok Departure

 

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Turning to Final – Langkawi

 

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Touchdown

 

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On the Ramp – Shutdown Checklist Complete

 

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Leg 15  WMKL-WIET

While Singapore is the next major city close to the Phileas Fogg route, we are going to make a slight diversion a bit further south.   We initially head south along the Straits of Malacca to Penang, then cross the straits to Sumatra reaching the coast near Medan.  Turning south we cross the immense geologic feature of Lake Toba (the caldera of a supervolcano).  Lake Toba is the site of a supervolcanic eruption estimated at VEI 8 that occurred 69,000 to 77,000 years ago, representing a climate-changing event.  It is the largest-known explosive eruption on Earth in the last 25 million years.   Continuing south we cross the equator near Mount Talakmau, then descending past Lake Maninjau (a second volcano caldera), we reach Padang on the west coast of Sumatra.   Padang (0° 52' 30.50" S 100° 21' 7.19" E) will mark the southern most landing on this round the world journey.

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Departing Langkawi

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Turn Point – Penang

 

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Over Lake Toba

 

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Descent into Padang - Rain Showers & Clouds

 

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Padang - On Final Tabing Airport (WIET)

 

 

 

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Leg 16  WIET-WSSL

Destination Singapore Seletar Airport.   Our route will take us across Sumatra, past Pekenbaru,  then over the Malacca Straits reaching Singapore at the western entrance to the Straits of Johar.  Flying low we will do some ship spotting before reaching Sentosa and turning to overfly the city before landing.

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Padang Morning - Time to Go

 

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Crossing Sumatra

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Pasir Panjang Terminal

 

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Passing Marina Bay

 

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After Shutdown - On the Ramp at Seletar

 

 

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Leg 17  WSSL-VVDN

 A longer leg today.  We will fly north across the Gulf of Thailand, then pass over the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Min City (formerly Saigon). The route continues north to Danang, our destination for this leg.

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Seletar Departure - Lined Up and Ready

 

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High over the Mekong - Cruising at FL210

 

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Danang Final Approach

 

 

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Leg 18  VVDN-VHHX

 

Our route to Hong Kong’s Kai Tak will start with a flight north over the East Viet Nam Sea and western edge of Hainan Island, then across the South China Sea.  Passing east of Macao we reach the Cheung Chau (CH) VOR, our initial approach point.   We configure the aircraft for landing while proceeding to the Stonecutters NDB and the famous  Runway 13 IGS “Checkerboard” final approach and landing.  Should be a fun leg.   

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Hong Kong - Kai Tak Approach - Stonecutters Next

 

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The Final Turn

 

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Telephoto Shot from Lion Rock

 

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On the Ramp after Shutdown at Kai Tak

 

Well that was a sporty approach.  Winds 68 at 24knts inbound to Stonecutters  and 51 at 13knts at touchdown. 

 

 

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Leg 19 VHHX-ZSSS

Departing on runway 13 from Kai Tak we will perform a circling climb-out which will take us back over Hong Kong Island before heading towards the Shilong VOR.  Our low level airway routing to Shanghai will take us over Ganzhou and Shangrao.  We will follow the Haungpu River for views over Shaghai before landing at Hongqiao Airport. 

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Kai Tak Departure

 

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Climbing Out over Hong Kong Island

 

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At Cruise above the Clouds (FL190)

 

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Shanghai Sightseeing

 

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Shanghai Tower

 

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On the Ramp at Hongqaio

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Leg 20  ZSSS-RJTT

 

We were supposed to have reached Yokohama yesterday.  Seems we are a bit behind schedule.   Today’s flight will take us over the East China Sea.  We will overfly Jeju, Fukuoka, Yamaguchi, Okayama, Kyoto, Yaizu, and finally Yokohama before reaching Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport – today’s destination.  

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Departing Shanghai in Murky Conditions

 

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Making Good Time High Above the East China Sea

 

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394knts - Best Ground Speed Yet  - 105knt tailwind assisted

 

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Passing Kyoto - Fasten Your Seatbelts – It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

 

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Haneda – United 580 Cleared to Land

 

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Leg 21  RJTT-UHSI

Departing from Haneda with views of Tokyo we will proceed north past the cities of Utsunomiya, Yamagata, and Aomori, then cross the Tsugaru Strait reaching the Island of Hokkaido at Chitose.  Leaving Japan near the coastal town of Abashiri the route follows the Kuril Island Chain to the northeast for 190 miles to our destination for this leg - Iturup(UHSI).

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Above Yokohama

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Cold Winter Landscape over Northern Honshu

 

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Final Approach – Iturup

 

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Touchdown

 

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