The 80th Flight!

Flight number 80 would be the final flight of the original “Around the world in 80 flights” tour so this should be somewhat of a great achievement. However, due to the number of diversions and additional flights I have added to my own tour, despite reaching the 80th flight, I have not even reached my half way point.

Since leaving Edinburgh in the UK 3 years ago I have racked up over 54,000 Kilometres which works out at over 33,500 Miles! I have passed through 37 different countries whilst I have covered Europe and the length of Africa, all the way too Cape Town before continuing to The UAE and Middle East. I then covered the entire length of India or order to reach the Maldives Islands before returning North to the Himalayas and Mt. Everest. From the Himalayas I continued to Asia and across to Japan where I have now begun to double back on myself a little. This is simply so that I can loop further South as I make my way through the Pacific Islands and eventually reach Australia.

From my home in the UK, Australia will make my geographical half way point around the world. I feel that this should be celebrated more than the acknowledgement of my 80th flight. After all, I still have many more miles to go with many more countries to visit. Having significantly amended the original route I shall be completing a total of 203 flights before my wheels finally touch down in Edinburgh UK once more.

Whilst not mathematically nor geographically “half way,” I shall be considering my virtual arrival to the island of Hawaii to be the half way point of my Around The World Tour.
Hawaii to San Francisco is by far the longest flight I will have to negotiate during the tour and will need to heavily modify my tiny Beechcraft Baron 58 in order to make the huge distance but this is still some way off for flight number 120.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire time I have been completing this tour although I would love to hear from people who live in any of the places I have already, or am yet to visit. See below for the offical route map and for the full list of destinations I shall be visiting (virtually.)

OFFICIAL ROUTE MAP

Blue Pins = Offical 80 Flights Route
Red Pins = Addional Destinations Added By Me
Yellow Pins = Points Of Interest I Shall Not Land At.

Please continue to follow my virtual adventures around the world and leave comments to help me to make it that little bit more realistic.

Flight 50) Jask – Konarak

I was very eager to get back in to the air and leave Jask so I left later that afternoon. Once I had loaded the flight simulator FSX and got back to my aircraft the bad weather I landed in had cleared, leaving only a few lingering clouds. I took off quickly with only half tanks of fuel as this trip was to be a relatively short hop east along the southern Iranian coastline.

With sand dunes to the the north and sea to the south it didn’t take long for the sun to drop in the sky and create pink capped hills across the desert floor. The sky darkened to a deep purple and the skies became increasingly quiet with no aircraft on the radio or signs of roads below.

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I expected there to be some light from the surrounding area of the airport but the only light I could see from the ground were that of the 2 runways. Touching down on Runway 9L I was quick to find my parking bay and stop for the night.

The layout of Konarak airfield certainly looked like a military airbase from the air which was confirmed by wikipedia once I landed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konarak,_Iran

 

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There was not a lot of content online for Konarak, Iran, although I was able to find some interesting music:

Salim Hamdan Konarak Iran – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_3R93-fFHg

Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWsLHPf53Pg

Part 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h_qoRHst7g&spfreload=1