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 08) Faro – Gibraltar

Another short flight although this time down to Gibraltar. With the sands of Africa trying to peek over the Horizon it was tempting to head further south and tackle the biggest continent on the planet. There will be plenty of time to work through Africa later on this trip but for now I was concentrating on a tiny spit of land on the southern tip of Spain. Although on the coast of Spain, Gibraltar is still owned by Great Britain. The Spanish are not so happy about this and just to make life difficult, they insist that any aircraft landing in Gibraltar are not to cross into Spanish air space. This means aircraft can only approach from the south and have to perform a very tight turn in order to successfully land on the rather unique runway. My small aircraft didn’t have any problem with this however I would imagine a larger passenger plane would be under much more pressure.

Pointing my plane at turquoise shores I soon saw the impressive Rock of Gibraltar rising up from the sea on one side of the runway and the city itself on the other. It is interesting to note that the land is so narrow here that the road connecting the north to the south runs right through the runway. As aircraft land or take off, a set of barriers close the road much like any railway crossing. I have no idea what the safety records are like but it did make me wonder.

The views from the Rock of Gibraltar are fantastic giving a full view of the city to the north and the African shores to the south. Just be careful of the local inhabitants. The monkeys can be a little fearless at times.

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The Rock of Gibraltar and the road through the runway.

Plane Landing at Gibraltar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bezHfJETo1g

Gibraltar Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQO1lO2yEGk

Dramatic narrative of Gibraltar’s History: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&v=vmWkO-uVojM&NR=1

Gibraltar in HD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdFoV_hon7U

Gibraltar Guide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=ke40nZb207A