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RTW Retro Flight #107 Rome to Zurich . . . 1962

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Aer Lingus flight 511 is a Vickers Viscount flying from Rome, Fiumicino to Zurich, (LIRF - LSZH). We have 875 gallons of fuel on board for the 376 nm flight. Moderate cloud cover is expected for the entire flight. We will be cruising at an altitude of 16,000 feet.


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Aircraft: Vickers Viscount 808. The model and 1960 Aer Lingus textures are by Jens B. Kristensen.

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:

- Rome Fiumicino airport 1961 by Michael Schneider, Tom Gibson, and Mike Stevens, at www.calclassic.com

- Zurich airport from the 1961 Central Europe scenery package by Wolfgang Gersch, Harry Biard, Michael Schneider, Jaap de Baare, Nikko Yaginuma, Tom Gibson, Bernard Leuenberger and Mike Stevens, at www.calclassic.com

- Alitalia timetable April 1to May 31, 1962 from the collection of Diederik R. Vels Heijn, at www.timetableimages.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. Alitalia timetable April 1to May 31, 1962 (Alitalia is the general agent in Italy for Aer Lingus).

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2. Flight plan filed, cockpit checks completed, passengers boarded and engines started.


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3. Taxiing to runway 16 for departure.


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4. We are airborne and retracting the gear.


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5. Over the Tyrrhenian Sea we turn on an east northeast course for Zurich.


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6. Passing through 10,000 feet about 20 nm northeast of Rome.


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7. At our cruising altitude of 16,000 feet we see Lake Bolsena off our right wing.


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8. One Hundred nm from Rome the City of Siena is below.


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9. We are passing over the Apennine Mountains east of Florence with the Arno River below.


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10. Cruising 15 nm northeast of the City of Pistoia still over the Apennine Mountains.


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11. The city of Brescia and Lake Garda are below and to our right as we approach the Bergamo Alps, a mountain range in the Italian Alps.


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12. Still in Italy as we pass over the Valtellina and Lake Mezzola that lies to the northeast of Lake Como.


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13. We have crossed into Switzerland over the Swiss Alps about 60 nm from Zurich.


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14. Descending through 12,000 feet about 28 nm from Zurich. Off to the right we see Lake Klontal, a natural lake used as a reservoir.


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15. Descending through 6,000 feet over the southern end of Lake Zurich we turn toward the north.


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16. Now down to 4,000 feet we have circled the city to set up our approach to runway 16 at Zurich.


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17. We have the runway in sight and continue our approach with gear down and flaps 32.


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18. Less than a mile out we are lined up on final approach with flaps 40.


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19. Touchdown.


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20. Turning off the runway and receiving parking information from ground control.


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21. Parked, engines and all systems shut down and passengers disembarked. Thanks for flying Aer Lingus.


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Wow Larry this is so immaculate. I love the clarity and quality of the shots and they way they tell the story of the trip. The flyer is also an awesome authenticity addition and the Viscount is a magnificent aircraft. Well done.


Best wishes.



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Another great adventure! Thanks for posting! :cool::pilot:

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