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RTW Retro Flight #74 Istanbul to Beirut . . . . . . . 1961


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Pan American Flight 101 is a Douglas DC-7C on a flight from Istanbul’s Yesilkoy Airport to Beirut (LTBA - OLBA). We have 2,800 gallons of fuel on board for this flight of about 2 hours and 45 minutes. The weather is clear with moderate high cloud cover. We will be cruising at an altitude of 19,000 feet.


Thanks to:

Aircraft: Douglas DC-7C model and original textures by Greg Pepper and Tom Gibson. The VC is by Jens Kristensen. The 1960 Pan American paint is by Dave McQueen.

Propliner AI & Traffic: CalClassic & FS Aviator - Tom Gibson, Mike Stevens, Jason Krogmann, Manuel Jagmann, Bill Towers, Nikko Yaginuma, Richard Wright, Frederick Coleman, Dave Jones, Paul Haak, Marty Lochmiller, Ake Lindberg, Harland Sandberg, Richard Wright and Gary Harper at www.calclassic.com

Timetables & Images: Björn Larsson and David Zekria at http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/list.htm

Scenery and Add-ons: MS FS2004 v9.1 Standard and:

- Istanbul Yesilkoy Airport 1960 by Julius Czarnecki. At www.calclassic.com

- Beirut Airport 1961 by Wolfgang Gersch, Tom Gibson and Jaap de Baare with help from Farzad Haghighat. Available at www.calclassic.com

- Rwy12 and EZ Static Object and Scenery Libraries.

- FS2004 Classic Scenery Libraries v4a by Wolfgang Gersch at www.flightsim.com.

- REX FS9 w/Overdrive SP5 for sky, cloud, weather, water/waves, runway, taxiway textures, sun and runway lighting.

- Flight One Ground Environment Pro II, FS Genesis Europe and UT Europe.

- HDE 2.0 grass texture enhancement by Pablo Diaz.


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Flight plan filed, passengers boarded and engines started.


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Taxiing to Rwy. 6 for departure.


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Liftoff and packing up the gear.


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With the Sea of Marmara in the background we turn on course for Beirut.


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Climbing through 7,000 feet.


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Passing 15,000 feet near Gebze, Turkey


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We are at our cruising altitude of 19,000 feet.


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Cruising about 110 miles from Istanbul near Sobran, Turkey and the Porsuk Dam and Lake.


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Near the halfway point of our flight we see the large fresh water Lake BeyÅŸehir off our right wing.


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Continuing to cruise near Balcılar situated on the northern side of the Toros Mountains in southern Turkey.



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11. With the Mediterranean ahead we approach the southern coast of Turkey near the town of Aydıncık.


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12. Passing over a short strip of land in the far northeastern part of Cyprus.


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13. We are about 30 miles from Beirut descending through 8,000 feet.


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14. About 15 miles out we turn toward the airport.


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15. Passing through 3,500 feet with gear down and flaps 20.


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16. Lining up our approach to Rwy. 19.


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17. A little over a mile and a half out we are on the glide slope with full flaps.


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18. Touchdown.


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19. We will be taxiing a long way around the earlier arrivals to our assigned parking space.


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20. Parked and passengers disembarked. Thanks for flying Pan American.


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