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 21) Juba – Entebbe

I took off from Juba with extremely dense fog and had to fly by the instruments only. As I climbed above the fog I found myself within the clouds. The few breaks in the clouds allowed me to see the terrain below just as much as the clouds began to tower above me. As the sky turned darker with the clouds turned deeper shades of grey, the rumble of thunder came through the mists.

As my journey took me over Lake Kyoga the skies lit up with purple bolts of lightning and the turbulence shook my light aircraft around a fair bit. This continued for the rest of the journey. I reached Entebbe airport with very little visibility and couldn’t even get a visual confirmation on the runway. Heading over the vast Lake Victoria I turned around and was guided in by the airport until I could make out the lights of the runway.

Touching down on the wet tarmac was a relief but also a great end of an exciting flight. Little did I know how much drama Entebbe had seen in the past. Details of the famous hijacked aircraft which landed at Entebbe are covered in the video links.

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Entebbe

Raid on Entebbbe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1ct-meb6U0

Entebbe Town: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kufAQ0TxQI