Around the world in 175 days Part 26, Bushire Iran, Baghdad Iraq

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July 8, 1924:  The pilots did not refuel the aircraft the night before when they noticed the gas was all stored in two gallon cans.  The next morning they were up by 3:30 am to get ready, they hired a group of locals help them refuel.  The formed a line from the pile of gas cans and passed them up to the fliers who poured them into the planes fuel tanks.  It worked well enough that in 2 hours they were done and off without breakfast.  By 9:30 they had arrived at Bushire, considered the most important port in the Persian gulf.  They were met by American Consol who sent into town for sandwiches while the pilots refueled for the next leg.

September 10, 2017:  For the next leg I will be using the Douglas DC-4.  The DC-4 was developed from the DC-4E when proved to be too complicated and large to be economically operated.  The new designed had a simpler unpressurised hull and a single rudder, but in June of 1941, before it could be delivered to customers US War department took over all orders for military use as the C-54.  During the war it was one of the most common long range transports with 1170 being built, they continued to serve in the Berlin airlift and Korean war.  After the war many were sold to civilian operators and another 79 were built post war. 

 I was holding out hope for the new DC-4 from Flight Replicas but after contacting them it was clear it would not be available in time, so I am using model by Jens B. Kristensen with updates by Bob Chicilo and a new VC panel by Vladimir Gonchar.  While the model is showing its age I have always liked this model and have flow many hours in it.  The weather for the flight was not great, Foggy with 11 knot winds and 2.5 mile visibility and a temperature of 33C.  We took off and followed the coast into the Persian Gulf at 800 feet.  Around Bandar Lengeh the fog lifted and we were able to climb to 4000 feet for the rest of the flight to Bushire Iran.  The 303 nm flight took 2 hours.  

Personal Note, with this flight done, I am now half way around the world!

Here area  few pics:

Ready for takeoff.

Climbing out of Bandar Abbass.

Heading out over town.

Along the Persian Gulf.

The fog has lifted.


Coming into Bushire.


July 8, 1924:  After 90 minutes of working the sandwiches had not arrived so the fliers and departed for Baghdad Mesopotamia.  There route took them over a vast desert to Basra, they followed the Euphrates river to the city of Hilla where they then took a compass course to the RAF field in Baghdad.  They were surprised by the large croud of British civilians and military personnel who greeted them.  They were immediantly given sandwiches as they tended there craft.  Later they were taken to the RAF officers club for dinner.  They were so tired when they finally got to there rooms that Arnold wrote “I remember getting to bed but don’t remember lying down”.

September 10, 2017: For the next leg we will be using the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver. The Helldiver's introduction was plagued by problems that delayed its introduction, poor handling characteristics even caused the plane to be rejected by the Royal Navy, but the problems were eventually ironed out and had a good record for the last two years of the war with over 7000 being built.  The last retired from service in 1958. Its reputation was not enhanced by the fact that it was the last dedicated dive bomber when improvements in level bombing and rockets was eliminating the need for the type.  The aircraft I am using is made by Aeroplane heaven and is nice.  

The weather for the next leg was not bad, no wind or clouds, 5.0 mile visibility and a temperature of 31C/88F.  We took off and headed north along the coast of the Persian Gulf until we found the mouth of the Euphrates river.  I followed it until I finally lost the main channel of the river and then made a compass heading for Baghdad International airport.  The 427 nmi flight had taken 2.1 hours.
Here are a few pics.

Ready to go.

Heading out over the Persian Gulf.

Out over the sea.


Trying to follow the Euphrates river.

I feel like I should be flying an A-10.



Thanks for reading!

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Hire locals to refuel with 2 gallon containers...true international effort....follow the river to Bagdad....wonderful!


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Congratulations for being halfways! It is a joy to read #26, as always.



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