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October 19th, 2009, 22:31
I have the baton EGUN - LFML in the Spartan.

Good luck to all the adventurers taking part in this recreation of our glorious past!

Mike Beckwith

October 20th, 2009, 01:20
Baton free at LFML.

Mixed bad of winds over Western Europe this morning. Clear blue skies over England, but getting progressively overcast approaching the Mediterranean.

October 21st, 2009, 12:57
I have the baton LFML - LIRA in the Spartan.

October 21st, 2009, 14:36
Baton free at LIRA.

Good tail wind all the way! Here's a nice shot of the Spartan over the Mediterranean Sea:

October 23rd, 2009, 14:58
I have the baton LIRA - LGAT in the Spartan.

October 23rd, 2009, 17:36
Baton free at LGAT.

Bumpy ride most of the way! Lost Otto at one stage until I found the avionics switch; thanks for the comprehensive VC Milton!

Milton Shupe
October 23rd, 2009, 18:01
Looking good my friend ... charge! :applause:

October 25th, 2009, 16:16
Okay, let's check out Syria: LGAT - OSAP

October 25th, 2009, 19:24
Made it to OSAP.

IMC for the first half - only the inside of clouds to look at. Cloudless sky over Syria.

October 27th, 2009, 14:26
Off to see my Dad - Baghdad. OSAP - ORBI

October 27th, 2009, 16:15
Landed okay at ORBI.

Very late descending, so I had to circle the field several times.

Please see flight tracking data to correct Duenna landing airport error:

October 29th, 2009, 13:11
Looking for evidence of ancient Mesopotamia. ORBI - OIBB

October 29th, 2009, 15:13
Down safe at OIBB.

What do pilots do to pass the time during long flights?

October 31st, 2009, 15:32
I hope the weather's clear at Jask - no NDB! OIBB - OIZJ

October 31st, 2009, 17:34
Down safe at OIZJ.

I guess there's no NDB here because the sky is always blue.

November 2nd, 2009, 14:03
Let's leave Persia behind us. OIZJ - OPKC

November 2nd, 2009, 16:30
Down safe at OPKC.

The weather updated just after I landed, and it didn't look too good!

November 4th, 2009, 15:32
Criss-crossing across India today - not many NDBs. Heading for my compulsory stop at Allahabad. OPKC - VIAL

November 4th, 2009, 19:34
Down safe at VIAL.

I got so lucky with the weather. The first shot shows visibility on final, and the second shows how the weather cleared a few moments later. Whew!

November 6th, 2009, 14:06
Seems I'll be battling through the smog again. VIAL - VECC

Great Ozzie
November 6th, 2009, 14:40
What do pilots do to pass the time during long flights?

Seems pilots 70+ years later do the same thing (at least a couple at NWA)... they were so busy flying the MacRobertson they forgot their own (real) flight!

November 6th, 2009, 16:04
Down safe at VECC.

I knew Calcutta wouldn't let me down. A nice warm bath of smog:

November 8th, 2009, 13:03
Maybe this will be the last of the smog. VECC - VYYY

November 8th, 2009, 15:42
Down safe at VYYY.

Nice and easy!

November 10th, 2009, 13:23
Off to Siam. VYYY - VTBD

November 10th, 2009, 14:58
Down safe at VTBD.

Poor visibility on final, but a lot of fun lining up!

November 12th, 2009, 12:54
Onward through South East Asia. VTBD - WMKA

November 12th, 2009, 15:09
Down safe at WMKA.

Mountainous terrain and poor visibility, a deadly combination.

November 14th, 2009, 13:08
Now for my compulsory stop in Singapore. WMKA - WSSL

November 14th, 2009, 14:58
Down safe at WSSL.

Nice and easy!

November 16th, 2009, 14:26
Onwards through Indonesia. WSSL - WIHH, I hope my modem holds up under this unseasonal weather. Let's see, shall we??!!

November 16th, 2009, 16:49
Down safe at WIHH.

So far so good. The modem seems to be holding up. It's kinda cool inside, but man, it's cooking out in the sun!

November 17th, 2009, 13:08
It's a bit cooler today. Across Indonesia, WIHH - WADA.

November 17th, 2009, 15:48
Down safe at WADA.

Much cooler today. I don't think you can over estimate the affect of heat on the correct functioning of electrical equipment.

November 18th, 2009, 16:59
Okay! Let's give Timor a go. WADA - WATT

November 18th, 2009, 19:09
Down safe at WATT.

Very mild trade winds right on my nose.

November 19th, 2009, 12:51
Aha! Another arrival on friendly home shores. WATT - YPDN

November 19th, 2009, 14:52
Down safe at YPDN.

Only 3 legs to go. The end is in sight:

November 20th, 2009, 11:37
Now for a look at a vast dry country. YPDN - YTNK

November 20th, 2009, 13:55
Down safe at YTNK.

A lot of red dirt looks pretty good in FTX.

November 21st, 2009, 11:44
Man, this is a hot dry country. YTNK - YBCV

Bry Rosier
November 21st, 2009, 12:01
Yep , I`ve seen the news :o , You guys need some of our rain

November 21st, 2009, 15:11
Down safe at YBCV.

Yes, You guys are copping it just as bad. Flood damage can't be any more consoling than fire damage.

November 22nd, 2009, 14:39
Aha! Time for my final leg. YBCV - YMEN

Let's hope I don't have any of the problems complicating my Cheyenne attempt at this leg.

Precision flying estimate for this leg: 3 hours 21 minutes.

November 22nd, 2009, 18:00
Down safe at YMEN.

I circled once to waste a bit of time, and I was a bit slow pulling up, so I'm not sure if my time will be valid. It's great to be here in Melbourne!

November 22nd, 2009, 18:59
Welcome "home" Mike. We'll all lift a drink in your honor!:icon29:

Great Ozzie
November 22nd, 2009, 19:15
Some of y'all are just tooooooo good at estimating ETEs! CG Mike! :ernae:

November 22nd, 2009, 19:16
Thanks Mike. It was a great race thanks to you and others on the committee. Well done, and cheers! :icon29:
Thanks Rob - there was a good bit of dawdling along the way.

November 25th, 2009, 18:13
Good job Mike... Congratulations...

Have a cold one!!!! :icon29:

November 25th, 2009, 20:09
Cheers Ed! :icon29:

December 1st, 2009, 05:48
Welcome and congratulations

December 1st, 2009, 11:57
Thanks Olli. :icon29: