Remarks: Igualada-Odena airport overview with EC-DU2 (Tecnam P96) taking off and EC-GTL (Ultramagic H-77 balloon) which just landed next to the runway. Taken from EC-KMN, another Ultramagic 77 balloon. A lucky shot, as it was the wind that made it possible to overfly the aerodrome.
Remarks: Shiny new Caravan after arrival to this nice aerodrome of La Cerdanya. Although wearing a german reg, this aircraft is based at Sabadell. Check the snowed Pyrenees in the background. Thanks to my girl Danae for her camera!
Remarks: Lufthansa's 737s are with no doubt part of the classic airliners of the european skies. LH currently operates 30 B737-5s with a seating capacity for 111 pax. Deliveries started in 1990, and this one called 'Erding' joined the airline in 1991.
Remarks: ex-F-WFJY. This original design was first flown in 1949 and was intented to replace the old transport aircraft that the Armee de l'Air operated back then, such as the Ju-52 and the Dc-3. Some 425 Noratlas were produced and they served in the air forces of Greece, Germany, France, Israel, Portugal and also in some African countries. Taken during a Euroavia Symposium at Hamburg. Displayed at Airbus facilities at Hamburg-Finkerwerder. Thanks to Carlos for lending me his camera.
Remarks: This tired An-2 is taking off back to Bayamo, where it is based, after coming to the isolated Baracoa with the press, mail, and some passengers. The day before, the crazy pilot of this An-2 did an extremely low pass over us at Maguana beach while we were swimming!
Remarks: This tired An-2 is getting ready for take off back to Bayamo, where it is based, after coming to the isolated Baracoa with the press, mail, and some passengers. The rough and legendary An-2 is still in service here in Cuba, and I was very happy to see it flying.
Remarks: Only two flights per week are operated from this small airport of Baracoa. The short runway is next to the sea, as you can see in the background. The airport has the name of Gustavo Rizo, a revolutionay hero of Cuba. This is a magic and isolated part of Cuba, where every small detail reminds you you're in the Caribbean. A sentence by Jose Martí is written in a wall on the right of the picture: "Las fuerzas que nos hacen vivir: la libertad, la dignidad, y el valor"
Remarks: This Mi-17 arrived here while I was waiting for my flight to HAV. Freshly painted and looking very well maintained, it proudly wears 'Fuerza Aerea Revolucionaria' titles. A soldier is looking after the helicopter.
Remarks: A nice Aerogaviota ATR42 after landing here in the most isolated and fascinating place of Cuba: Baracoa. This plane would later take me to HAV, and I was really surprised with the confort that the ATR offers. Delivered in 2002.
Remarks: This Mi-17 was undergoing some maintenance in the rotorhead. Some of these helicopters remain in service in the 'Fuerza Aerea Revolucionaria'. This machine is probably based at Holguín, and it is equiped with loudspeakers and a big spotlight(hidden behind the cover) to fight against drug smuggling. A rare photo opportunity...
Remarks: Terminal building at Santiago de Cuba. SCU gets 2 or 3 daily flights from HAV with a Yak-42, and also ocasionally flights from other sites of the Caribbean or Europe. This airport has the name of Antonio Maceo, a cuban hero who fought for the independence of Cuba. Check the Moskvitch car parked on the right of the picture.
Remarks: Preserved next to Santiago de Cuba Airport, in the past it was used as a bar, but now it is painted all white and just looks as a monument to this nice aircraft model, which was once the main type in Cubana's fleet. Cubana received the first Il-14 in 1961 and operated up to 20 units until 1992.
Remarks: After flight CU984 from Havana, the crew had the kindness of allowing me inside the cockpit of this exotic Yak-42. I wasn't disappointed: the classical fan in russian cockpits , lots of analogic indicators and switches, indications in russian and in metric units... Also check the SCU approach chart in the center pedestal. This aircraft was manufactured in 1994.