59 - Istanbul, Turky (LTFM Istanbul Airport) - Kuwait City, Kuwait (OKBK Kuwait Airport)
This leg: 1,227Nm, 4:59 flying time
Total so far: 65,553Nm, 251:27 flying time
For today’s trip, we are heading South West to Kuwait - going for a pretty straight flight, but taking a few little detours along the way for some sit seeing. We’ll start with a quick fly over Istanbul itself, then head to Ankara, capital of Turkey, on to Baghdad, then on to the Ziggurat of Ur and finally the Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait before landing in Kuwait City.
On the food front, we’re picking up some Turkish pide with marinated artichokes, broccoli and cheese. Pide is a boat-shaped Turkish take on a flatbread or pizza. These look really nice!
Weather this morning in Turkey is very nice indeed, which is a nice change to some of the misty weather over the last couple of flights. So let’s get going.
Here’s Istanbul - and the Justice Palace, Dolmabahase Palace and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque are some key sites for us to take in as we fly over Istanbul
Heading West now towards Ankara, and first passing over Izmit - and some spectacular scenery over the rugged hills of Turkey
Passing Ankara now, turning towards the South as we fly over Esenboga, Ankara’s airport
Passing West alongside the Kizilirimark River
Ahead to our left is Erclyes Dagi - 12,800 feet tall with some amazing canyons in the foothills here
More dramatic cliffs, plateaus, trenches and valleys here in Western Turkey
We climb up to 25,000ft to get a good look around - amazing scenery
We’ve crossed into Syria now, and are back down at 5,000 feet to get a better look - Lake Assad ahead of us here and away to our right - much flatter and more desert like
Approaching Baghdad, the Euphrates River and crossing Habbaniyah Lake
Here is the Dur-Kurugalzu Ziggurat in Baghdad
Heading further South towards the Ziggurat of Ur
And now West again to our final destination, the Al Hamra Tower and Kuwait City
Approaching Kuwait Bay and Kuwait City
Now to circle around for the landing
Nice trip, and the latest 126.96.36.199 patch is working beautifully. Next stop - Africa