Sitia to 6th October City, via Alexandria
Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
150Trip End Sep 11, 2011
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Another cross wind take-off and we set course for Alexandria, an anticipated flight time of 2hrs 10mins at 8,500ft before we entered Egyptian airspace. Most of the journey was over the Med; it was really smooth and while Patrick monitored the busy R/T I was able to catch up with Day One of my journal! Not a soul about, except one ship as we approached the coast of Egypt. Landed in another cross-wind and we were directed onto the main apron where we were met immediately by the AN Handling crew who were very interested in the plane (more photos)
Back to the plane and photo farewells and off we set again, bound this time for 6th October airfield. This is a private airfield set in the middle of the desert to the south-west of Cairo City and is primarily used for training pilots and air traffic controllers.
On the way, we had a glimpse of the Nile but little else as it was extremely hazy. Descending out of the clouds and haze, it was truly amazing to see the desert stretching as far as we could see in all directions. Another cross-wind landing and we were on the ground at 1540 local. A completely different welcome! There was absolutely no-one around – another couple of aircraft but no movement of any kind!
We put the plane to bed as far as possible, piled our bags under the fuselage in the shade and sat and waited
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