Miss Footy’s Fearless Fleet terribly.
Especially since you are flying through the Nordics. Today you’ll even be virtually flying over where literally live, near Intility Arena.
As mentioned before, Norwegian Siesta plus record low Covid-19 levels means socialising. I do consider it a privilege.
I’m taking some comfort in the experience probably being interrupted by CTDs and hang-ups. Yes, I have fewer issues flying plain vanilla. Albeit SU5 has significantly improved performance, pre-flight menus and overall glossyness, I’ll be awaitng a couple of fixes before setting aside 2-3 hours to do some proper aviation.
No post without fun-facts!
- Kongsberg (en: King’s mountain): Founded by Danish-Norwegian king Christian IV as a mining community in 1624 after the discovery of silver. With the rise of the silver mining industry, it became the largest industrial center in Norway before the industrial revolution.
- Hokksund airstrip (ENHS): Good luck spotting this…
- Kilen seaplane base (ENLY) (en: wedge): Sits at the heel of what used to be the primary international airport (ENFB) serving Oslo and Eastern Norway for almost 60 years, until 1998. You can see the old control tower a mile at heading 60 from ENLY (59° 54’ 2,15" N 10° 37’ 20,44" E).
- Holmenkollbakken (en: islet hill jump): has hosted a popular ski festival since 1892. Hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics and the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships four times. The ski jump and arena has been rebuilt 19 times. During the Second World War, the venue was used as a military installation. In 2010 the entire structure was demolished and rebuilt. The ski jump record is held by Robert Johansson at 144 meters (472 feet).
- Frogner park: in its centre you’ll see the Vigeland installation; a permanent sculpture installation created by Gustav Vigeland until 1943. It consists of sculptures as well as larger structures such as bridges and fountains. Most notable is The Monolith, carved out of a single piece of stone; protruding 17 meters (56 feet) into the sky.
- Ski airfield (ENSI): The town of Ski is named after a large farm called Skeidi (sky-thee). The word means “running track for horse racing”, suggesting that there may have been a horse track at the farm in medieval times. Contrary to popular assumption, the name is a reference to horse racing, not skiing.
- Svinesund bridge (Swine sound bridge): An inlet separating Sweden and Norway. There are two bridges, the Old (1946) and New Bridge (2005). The Swedish side is extremely popular with Norwegians who flock to buy relatively cheap goods in Sweden. A large shopping area can be found immediately after crossing the sound. According to official numbers, the border shopping amounted to 730 million euros in 2019, or 870 million US dollars. Hence the average Norwegian spent 136 euros shopping at Svinesund in 2019.