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Leg 16- Dien Bien Phu (VVDB) to Noibai Intl (VVNB)

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The night before departure, I met Dai in the hotel that hosted us. We ate some excellent chicken (that was chicken, right?).

He gave me the baton and he told me about his adventure to arrive unnoticed at Dien Bien.

Also, he said that I had to fly to Hanoi on board of an old airplane of the early 70's, registered in Germany.

"How old?" I asked.

"VERY old and noisy!" was the laconic reply.

"Will I have a hard time finding the plane?"

"I do not think so. Good luck."

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The flight plan was filed. We are an unnamed charter flight to Hanoi, one of those transfers that usually go unnoticed. Officially, our load is composed of some smelly chicken crates.

The fuel is on board, let's give a little power to the panel and set the route and radio aids.

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Let me hear the right engine baby ... aaaah, this is music!

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That's strange, it seems that there is no one at the airport. Not bad, let's backtrack to the active.

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Lined up and ready for takeoff. No traffic is around.

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And up we go.

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Forget the autopilot for the moment. We have to overcome those high mountains on the left.

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We have now gained enough altitude, so we can turn left and get on course.

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A long, slow but steady climb.

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The aircraft is old, but handles just fine. Let me take a shot while cruising.

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The landscape here is a bit boring.

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About to overfly BQ NDB.

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The weather is getting a bit worse, let me tighten my shoulder harness.

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Chicken view :D

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Our cruise proceeds nicely:

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We are about to reach Hanoi, time to start our descent:

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Breaking the clouds around the capital:

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There it is. We are cleared for a visual approach.

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Settled on downwind leg.

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Turning to finals, a bit uncoordinated :secret: :

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And safe on ground.

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Ground gives us taxi instructions:

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Ah, Vietnam Airlines. I remember that someone said that their food was not great. :D

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The baton is safe. Hope you enjoyed the flight, thanks for watching. :thanks:

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Glad the weather improved for your flight, Ros' - I've been lounging around the pool most of the day, enjoying the rest!

Nice set of screenshots - surely the flight couldn't have been boring with all those lovely steam valves to watch! :thum:

Ciao - Dai. :cool:

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Wait now.. no Baba Cakes?? ;)

Guess you'll have to make do with chickens (or whatever it turns out to be) Ros..

Great flight, great shots and much noise.

Better get your hearing checked because I seem to recall those engines being far from good for your ears ;)

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:cloudnine: Well done agent Ros, expertly flown by the looks of it.

Super shots as always and your commentary more than made up for any lack of scenery.

Time to make use of those chopsticks! :heat:

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Super flight, Rosario,

Stick around for a day or so. I'm back in Hanoi for a two night layover as of tonight. I'll buy that beer that I promised you.

Cheers,

March

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Super flight, Rosario,

Stick around for a day or so. I'm back in Hanoi for a two night layover as of tonight. I'll buy that beer that I promised you.

Roger! :thum:

Thank you

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