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Pilot Diaries: Musina South Africa

 Posted by on 10 Aug 21
Aug 102021
 
The Cessna 182, South Africa.  Getting Ready.

[The Cessna 182, South Africa. Getting Ready.]

It’s been one of my great pleasures to fly in the skies of South Africa.  The country’s big – 472,000 square miles (1.2m Sq Km), making it 5 times larger than the UK.  I was flying a a Cessna 182, which I’d also flown at Biggin Hill in the UK.

I took the South African Air Law Exam in Johannesburg (passed, 95%).

 

 

Musina. Found it. Runway in Sight.

[Musina. Found it. Runway in Sight.]

Departure day was hot, some 25°C.

Two stops and a couple of days later I reached Musina in the northern-most part of the country, 9 miles from the Border with Zimbabwe, at Beitbridge.

 

 

 

 

Coming in to land at Musina. Beitbridge Zimbabwe is in the distance just off to the right.

[Coming in to land at Musina. Beitbridge Zimbabwe is in the distance just off to the right ¾ of the way up the picture.]

In my thriller SPIDER 2-3, Musina is where the terrorists fly in to from over the border, and then depart to  steal the vital 9M714K-Alpha at the Fincrest Centre at Musina.

The team carries out the operation brilliantly.  It takes them exactly 46 minutes.

And they think they’ve got clean away with it…