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Old 07-11-2017, 07:31 AM
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Default Time flies...

Originally Posted by Vlad View Post

Back in the days when Smokey was young there were nukes hidden in those mountains. The infrastructure is still there in the granite.
translation: Ой!


PS: Old age and treachery wins over youth and enthusiasm every time...
Jimmy Doolittle

PSS: My RV4 turns 20 this week...

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Old 07-11-2017, 09:09 AM
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Default Truly inspiring...

I have to admit after an 8 year build I am loosing my motivation at times.

But when i read an article like this it inspires one.

This is truly the most amazing journey and to a country I had thought much more backward in development than the west. This western myth is blasted away by great scenery, lovely buildings, and people who treat you with respect and accommodating a foreign language! Does it get any better?

I must visit Russia one day!

Thanks Vlad, one day i hope to meet you perhaps when.... if ever.. i get this bird of mine in the air.

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Old 07-11-2017, 04:10 PM
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On June the 20th we drove to tundra. What a perfect day to hit 55! Somewhere on a hill only locals know we stopped, uncorked a bottle of good cognac, left a drink for God of Tundra and asked Him for good weather on my way home.

Then we drove another hour or so. Passed couple of abandoned fortifications. It blows your mind thinking who the heck would be invading this uninhabited tundra.

There was even a tank battalion stationed here.

The majority of the weaponry was transported to continental Russia but some were destroyed. Once in several years there are reunions of those who served here you can see it.

On the way back we stopped by the coast and watched the fishermen. This fish is koryushka very tasty when fried. My restaurant in the hotel had it on the menu. Highly recommended.

A visit to coal mine was fun. They have some fun arts at the rear of the mine garage.

Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 07-11-2017, 04:25 PM
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Then we looked over couple of all terrain vehicles

and swing by the airport to take a look if my RV is still there. And there she was not flying for 4 days.

Tomorrow we go home. VFR flight plan is filed and this time I have a confirmation that at least part of it will be over the land.

Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:01 PM
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265 updates pending on ForeFlight??? Have a good flight, Vlad.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:39 AM
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Hello Vlad,

Incredibly absolutely unbelievable your Trip(s)

For me is incomprehensible how can you Fly around the half Planet with your RV9....

I know the (all RV's) the 9 is a graet Travel Plane.. i love my too, but......

Russia is not "so far" from it also on your Travel Plan ? :-)

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Old 07-12-2017, 07:42 AM
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Default So that tank was de-mil'ed on purpose

My first thought was a loader got to working too fast in the heat of battle and did a double-feed. Tanker's equivalent of Glock-leg

It's nice to read this knowing you are safely home and will be dropping in to see us this Saturday.
Bill Boyd

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Old 07-12-2017, 04:16 PM
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Talking Met classmate haven't seen since 1985

I left my transit pilot crashpad early morning on June 21st.

An airport official/handler picked me up and drove to the main terminal. He also facilitated to purchase 95 octane car gas I needed about 100 liters. I tanked a jar can of 100LL avgas from Nome as an octane booster. I was given a driver and a bunch of extra gas cans and a funnel with filter. We made a quick run to the pump in town and I was all set with fuel.

Formalities were quick, passport stamped and I was escorted to my airplane. I still had 20 minutes before my departure slot. There was no farewell delegation with fanfares but rather several border patrol soldiers and an officer. I did my preflight check and boarded the aircraft to get the ATIS.

Nearby a local ChukotAvia turboprop almost finished boarding his passengers. I see a crewmember walking from the Antonov turboprop toward my airplane. The guards are telling him not to proceed the man is still walking doesn't pay attention. 5 minutes to my start time. The man yells - Slaffka! Karpaeff! Sure I am and who are you? (all talk in Russian) I am Maslow! Sergey really?! Unbelievable... My classmate from military flight school we graduated in 1985 and haven's seen each other since. He was one of those champions ready to jump on Smokey's squadron mates if allowed...

I deplane quickly we hug, exchange couple phrases, I asked guards if I can use my camera. Niet. Then the officer asks for our smart phones and does couple quick pictures. Sergey rushes to his commuter and I am almost at start time. I yell to him about a spare frequency air-to-air but he doesn't hear...

... Triple Six Bravo Kilo it's Anadyr Start your time is almost up. Sure I am ready with information... Would you accept departure from Taxiway 1? Sure but I need a progressive on back taxi I can't see it. No problem, you are now abeam Taxiway 1 and you are clear for takeoff 19 have a good flight!

A heavy helicopter goes right after me then Sergey's turboprop. You can see them on the runway.

I switch to the departure frequency and climb to my assigned 11,000 feet. Still can't believe I met somebody I knew within last minutes. Small world very small. 20 minutes into flight when radar coverage is lost Magadan Control tells me to switch to 134.0 on second radio if able. For about an hour Sergey and I were talking air-to-air. Interrupting at compulsory reporting points to respective Centers. The essence of the story is he retired from AF and flies local bush. He saw the little RV sitting on tarmac for several days then he asked whose tin can is that? Was told a Russian speaking pilot visiting from USA. Asked the authorities who... They were heading to Lavrentiya higher and via local airways. I was going international low and over the water. At least I have somebody to talk to over that freezing Bering Sea. I learned that some of our classmates were missing from the school phalanx. I told him I am planning an RTW by the time of our next reunion...

Short story long I asked Sergey if his radar can see any bad weather by Nome, AK TAFs were rather gloomy. But his radar couldn't paint that far. I guess it's even better not knowing for now what crud I will enter at home.
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.

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Old 07-12-2017, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by dave4754 View Post
I have to admit after an 8 year build I am losing my motivation at times.

Don't say such blasphemy Dave! You are almost there!

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Old 07-12-2017, 05:51 PM
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Great trip and write-up. Love that you caught up with Sergey.
The remote parts of Siberia look fantastic.
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