What a great day of flying and over lots of changing landscape. Quite a change from morning to evening.
Started off in Bucharest and following the “follow me” car. All over the world – there are “follow me” cars to direct aircraft
We spent quite a bit of time flying circles around Bucharest – needing to get to 11 000 feet before we were able to go into Bulgaria airspace.
The Danube River – second longest river in Europe and flows through more countries than any other river in the world. It originates in Germany, and passes through or touches the border of Austria, Slovakia, Hungry, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Ukraine before emptying into the Black Sea.
We flew over lots of open mining pits in Bulgaria
More landscape of Bulgaria. It was wonderfully clear today (until we got to Egypt) so I snapped a lot of shots.
The start of so many mountain ranges of Turkey – I had no idea actually – Turkey is a country of mountains.
And a bit of farm land in Turkey
And finally – the southern coast line of Turkey – yes – more mountains
Flying into Egypt and The Nile Delta. The Nile River – the worlds longest river ends at the Nile Delta in Egypt. The river starts at the Equator and flows through Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Tanzania, Kenya, the Sahara Desert, Zaire, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan and Egypt and drains into the Mediterranean Sea. The two major tributaries are the White and the Blue Nile in Sudan.
All over Egypt up until Jordan it was quite hazy – possibly from sand in the area and we were required to fly at 14 000 feet.
The landscape around the Nile – up until Cairo was green and then past Cairo – all desert.
For a short time – we flew over Saudi Arabia
Flying into Aqaba, Jordan. Where we were met by the handler who helped us out 5 years ago – when we flew here on a ferry flight to Nairobi, Kenya.
It was pretty neat – last time we were here – Dylan came out on his own to fuel up the plane and was met by the Princess Basmah and Prince Hamzah (son on the late King Hussein) of Jordan. The Princess was at that time a flight instructor in Jordan – and she originally trained in Brandon, Manitoba (close to where we live) – she had heard a Canadian pilot was at the airport and she came to meet him. I hear that she is a mother of three young daughters now – so doesn’t fly as much
We are here for the night and off again tomorrow.