Saturday, August 2, 2014

Leaving Japan for our first Stop in Russia, Sakhalinsk

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk began as a small Russian settlement called Vladimirovka, founded by convicts in 1882.The Treaty of Portsmouth in 1905, which brought an end to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, awarded the southern half of the Sakhalin Island to Japan
Vladimirovka was renamed Toyohara (meaning "bountiful plain"), and was the prefect capital of Japanese Karafuto Prefecture.
After the end of World War II, the Japanese portion of Sakhalin island was occupied by Soviet troops. Ownership of the city transferred back to the Soviet Union and it was renamed Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk ("Southern Sakhalin"). 

we have fans and with a lot of cameras

Mt Fuji

We have to use the metric system in Russia, the G1000 is doing a great job in a very helpful way

The co-pilot windshield heater connector failed...since one element is on the pilot side, we are breaking the boredom of flight with a game of Tic-Tac-Toe

The view of the UHSS airport, the weather is VFR but we still have to do the full arrival and the ILS and on the way down before the turn to intercept, the Garmin 1000 GPS stopped working...we continue for a visual and reset the WAAS to non-WAAS.

The Antonov is a really good looking airplane.

The TBM too

What a name for a hotel and the room are good

It was open by Medvedev back in 2007

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