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RTW Retro Flight #80 Doha to Bahrain RAF Muharraq . . . . . 1961


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British United Airways flight 221 is a Douglas DC-6A Freighter on a flight from Doha, Qatar to Bahrain RAF Muharraq (OTBD - OBBI). We have 1,500 gallons of fuel on board for this short 91 mile flight of about forty minutes. The weather is fair with moderate high cloud cover. We will be cruising at an altitude of 8,000 feet.


Thanks to:

Aircraft: Douglas DC-6A Freighter. Model and original textures by Tom Gibson and Greg Pepper. Repaint by Andre Reimers.

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

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

- Doha Intl. and Bahrain RAF Muharraq Airports from the 1961 Trucial States scenery package by Juan Martinez and Julius Czarnecki. 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.

- HDE 2.0 grass texture enhancement by Pablo Diaz.


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1. Loading cargo, the flight plan has been filed and we are performing initial flight checks.


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2. Cargo operation completed, hatches secured and starting the engines.


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3. Taxiing out to runway 34 for departure.


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4. Holding short while a Cub takes off.


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5. Liftoff and wheels coming up as we experience severe turbulence from the Cub’s prop wash.


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6. Climbing out over Doha Bay with the Persian Gulf just beyond.


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7. Turning on course for Bahrain. We will be over Qatar for much of the flight.


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8. Climbing through 3,700 feet.


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9. We are at 6,000 feet near the small settlement of Rawdat al `Ajuz, Qatar.


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10. Cruising at our assigned altitude of 8,000 feet over the northern desert.


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11. Through the clouds we see the northwest coast of Qatar.



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12. We leave the coast of Qatar behind and are now over the Persian Gulf.


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13. Beginning our descent through the clouds.


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14. With the coast of Bahrain in sight we continue to descend as we turn toward the airport.


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15. We have been assigned runway 30 and begin to line up our approach.


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16. About four miles out at 3,000 feet we have flaps 40 and gear down.


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17. On short final getting ready to throttle back and level out.


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18. Just past the numbers we begin to flare for landing.


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19. Touchdown.


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20. After the roll out we turn off the runway with a view of the civil side of the airport.


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21. Heading to military cargo parking at RAF Muharraq.


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22. Parked among the RAF Hawker Hunters the engines have been shut down and the cargo is being unloaded. Thanks for flying British United Airways.


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Awesome Larry, its like watching a mini documentary on aviation. BUA DC-6 doing this run in the Arabian Gulf area. Thank you for sharing. Love the last picture with the Hunters dispersed. NB with a DC-6 no wonder the first response it prompted came from Jan -heheheheh.... :pilot: ;) :D

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