Friday, July 11, 2014

The flight from Hanoi to Hong Kong via Danang

As described in the brief the total distance is close to 875 nm and no hope of getting any short cut.

Plus on arrival we are expecting some hills and then a fast intercept over 40 nm for the ILS at an indicated high speed of 250 KTS....this is not good for the fuel flow of the engine...and the wallet.

So I made the decision to stop enroute in Danang and take some fuel to be ready for any hold in Hong Kong

The Hanoi terminal, we are park on the military side of the airport

A friendly good bye from the handler

A Citation with all the gears tucked in

The $250 fire truck...a long story but worth it

I never imagine that I would be landing in Danang with my plane...

Situated on flat, sandy ground on the south side of the major port city of Da Nang, the area was ideal for an airfield, having unobstructed approaches to its north/south runways. Tourane Airport was built by the French colonial government in the 1930s as a civilian airport. During World War II, and the Japanese occupation of French Indochina, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force used it as a military air base.

After the war, the facility was used by the French Air Force during the French Indochina War (1945–1954). In 1953/54 the French laid a NATO-standard 7,800-foot (2,400 m) asphalt runway at Tourane and stationed loaned American B-26s "Invaders" of the Groupe de Bombardement 1/19 Gascogne. In 1954 after the Geneva Peace Accords, these B-26's were returned to the United States.
In 1955, the newly established Republic of Vietnam Air Force (VNAF) inherited from the French a token force of fifty-eight aircraft. These included a few squadrons of Cessna L-19 observation aircraft, C-47 transports and various utility aircraft. Tourane Airfield was turned over to civilian use, with the South Vietnamese using facilities at Bien Hoa, Nha Trang and at Tan Son Nhut, near Saigon.
In 1957 the VNAF re-established a presence at the renamed Da Nang Airport, stationing the 1st Liaison Squadron with Cessna L-19s. The South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) also used Da Nang as a ranger training facility.
Air Vietnam also used the facility from 1951 to 1975 for civilian domestic and international flights within Southeast Asia.
During the Vietnam War (1959–1975), the facility was known as Da Nang Air Base, and was a major United States military base. Once little more than a provincial airfield, the facility was expanded to 2,350 acres (950 ha) with two 10,000-foot (3,048 m) asphalt runways with concrete touchdown pads. parallel taxiways, and a heliport.

We enter the hold at 23000 feet and we have plane stacked up above and below us, here a UPS 747 right below us

The hold was done at 140 kts

Then we are clear to resume the arrival but while maintaining at least 240 kts indicated

The whole arrival is around Hong Kong from Koloon to Victoria Island

and yes there is traffic

With Air Journey we travel in style

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