01 May 2004

Russian plane, all washed up

We found this by the side of the road on the way to Ras Khaimah.

This is a Russian Ilyushin (IL-76T) plane, probably landed here and couldn't take off again. We found that it had last been registered in the Central African Republic and before that in Swaziland, Liberia and Russia.


The birds have made their nests in it and were very put out when we came wandering around.


We were searching for an airfield for Stuart to fly from and for Fiver to carry on her flying lessons, but all we found was this and a heavily fortified runway. So we will have to consider Dubai International after all, although we don't relish the idea of sharing airspace with the big Lufthansa Airbuses.

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