Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The long return of HW-001, Part 3, PADK - UHMA

Today we start to the third part of the journey, over the Beringsea to Russia, Anadyr (UHMA). So far the shortest part, only 800 nm.

It is shortly to sunrise, we have bright twilight, the lights are glowing, a beautiful mood.

Taxiing to the runway 19, there is the mountain from yesterday in the way, but I turn off to the West.

Behind us we have the sunrise, and I climb as fast as possible to FL240, because 6 or 7 degrees westerly of Adak Island we have winds, which are blowing to the north. They will us assist at our journey to UHMA.

There we are on track, winds from 202 degrees with 65 knots. We have 225 kts TAS, and a groundspeed of 281 kts. This is pretty fast.

Weather is ok, the sun is some degrees higher....

There we are again flying into a cloudless area...

Again we have endless water, though the Beringsea is relatively small compared to the pacific ocean.
The wind has turned, it comes from north, thank god,  only with 12 kts. Thats not so bad, but it costs groundspeed.

But look, far away land arises!

Russia! We arrived at our easterly neighbour continent!

Straight ahead, at the other side of the bay, there should be the airport. Suddenly appearing clouds let me fear, that I must creep some feet above sealevel to find the runway.

But the clouds are honest and remain at higher altitudes, so I can see the runway.

We have southerly winds, so I have to leave the runway behind me and then make a turn to get into the final.

base leg .....

and landing...
there is definitely winter !

This was the last part of the flight...

Here we are! In Russia, in the most easterly parts of Siberia. The great water-crossings are over, the next legs are in the vicinity of the coast or over land.

Now a look at the previous route:

Very much water ......
The HW-001 is very brave airplane, she made it without problems.
The next flight goes to Pevek (UHMP) over 350 nm, its only a stone's throw :-)

to be continued


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