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It's been a while, but I do intend continuing to fly to the destinations on the 1969 London to Sydney Air Race in the type which won the race - the Flying Land Rover, the BN-2 Islander. I decided to use some external shots of the Islander to show off Flight1's version to better capture some of the aerial shots, even if the paintjob isn't the right one - I'm not pressurising the painter to come up with the goods, I'm not that kind of person!

Taxiing out on a nice Austrian morning.

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Positive Rate! .. Gear U.... eh? Where's the gear handle? oops look where I'm going! Aviate, kick myself for lack of Navigating, think of story to Communicate to ATC :biggrin:

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Good day, Vienna! All 50 skeletons in the dustbin are busy fornicating - i.e. the noise level is as to be expected in the climb!

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This flight will be VFR all the way at 9000 feet.

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We'll make it over the top.. I think this is called Volujak in Bosnia Herzegovina.

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At about 2 o'clock that's Lake Ohrid and just in front of the windscreen centre pillar is Lake Prespa, North Macedonia.

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Here's Mount Olympus. (FSX NOTAM landclass over a reasonable mesh, way better than stock FSX)

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The Aegean Sea - not far to go now.

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LGAV ahead. We're going to be entering a left downwind for RWY3L. (FSX NOTAM this is far clearer than Google Maps - it appears that all the Greek airports are pixellated...:blink:)

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.. and the outside air temperature gauge is... right where you don't want it to be!! :wacko:

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She's down safely with about 15 gallons left in each tank.

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IKEA probably make more aerodynamic furniture than the Islander! Just kidding, she was built to do a job and do it well.

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Get the kettle on!

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Cheers!

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Mark Robinson

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What a fabulous storyline. Well put together, Mark. Yeah I am old enough to remember that Air Race and the Car Rally too.Just proved how small a world it really is. Now you prompt me to dig out my F1 BN-2. Only snag is I don't have a P3Dv4 version.

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Thanks, Rick! I'll be visiting the other destinations as and when. Due to the range of the Islander there will no doubt be extra stopping off points :biggrin: The real race entrant used some kind of ferry configuration.


Mark Robinson

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Author of FLIGHT: A near-future short story (ebook available on amazon)

I made the baby cry - A2A Simulations L-049 Constellation

Sky Simulations MD-11 V2.2 Pilot. The best "lite" MD-11 money can buy (well, it's not freeware!)

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Mark, great that you've re-started on the voyage....no hurry, there is no "real" reward waiting, in Australia, except for the sense of achievement, which, itself, will be well worth it, for sure....!

[Like the pictures and narrative, here, and the nice touches of humor, hmm...OK....mostly......🙂...]

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9 minutes ago, P_7878 said:

touches of humor

That's Lancashire humour for you. 🤣

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