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RTW Retro Flight #86 Bordeaux to Paris . . . 1963


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Air France flight 509 is a Vickers Viscount 700 on an early morning flight from Bordeaux Merignac to Paris Le Bourget (LFBD - LFPB). We have 750 imperial gallons of fuel on board for the 278 nm flight of about one hour and thirty five minutes. Moderate cloud cover is reported and we will be cruising at an altitude of 15,000 feet.


Thanks to:

Aircraft: Vickers Viscount 700. The model and original textures are by Rick Piper with a panel by Fraser A. McKay. The 1963 Air France paint is by Tony Madge.

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:

- Bordeaux Merignac Airport from the 1961 scenery package by Harry Biard, Alejandro Ramirez and Bernard Leuenberger. At www.calclassic.com

- Paris Le Bourget Airport from the 1960 scenery package by Wolfgang Gersch, Volker Boehme and Rui Cristina. At www.calclassic.com

- Rwy12 and EZ Static Object and Scenery Libraries. At www.flightsim.com

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

- REX FS9 w/Overdrive & SP5.

- Flight One Ground Environment Pro II

- FS Genesis UT Europe.


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1. Passengers boarded, engines started and we are ready to depart Bordeaux Merignac.


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2. We have taxied out to runway 29 and are holding for a small Cessna to takeoff.


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3. The Cessna is off and we are next.


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4. Takeoff and packing up the gear.


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5. Turning on course for Paris.


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6. 6,000 feet below we see the Gironde estuary formed by the meeting of the Dordogne and Garonne rivers near Bordeaux.


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7. Climbing through 8,500 feet and we have a smooth ride so far.


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8. Now at 13,000 feet as the colorful dawn sky begins to fade.


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9. At 15,000 feet we are passing Cognac airport and the Charente River near the city of Cognac.


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10. Obscured by clouds we are near Châtellerault known in early times for sword making and later as a manufacturing center of small arms for the French Army and Navy.


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11. Approaching the small town of Montrichard and the Cher River a tributary of the Loire.


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12. Just northwest of the city of Orléans we see Bricy Air Base below.


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13. About 20 nm from the southeast outskirts of Paris we begin our initial descent and make a course change.


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14. Down to 4,000 feet we see the River Seine and the airport at Brétigny-sur-Orge off to our left just above and ahead of our tail.


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15. Paris Orly off our left wing.


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16. We turn toward Le Bourget in the distance.


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17. After being vectored around Le Bourget we make a turn to intercept our approach to runway 7. That is Paris Orly off our right wingtip in the distance.


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18. Gear down and flaps 40 we are lining up our approach.


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19. On line for short final.


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20. Touchdown.


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21. Turning off the runway and taxiing to parking.


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22. Systems shut down and passengers disembarked. Thanks for flying Air France.


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