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Date From To
Tue 08/03 FALA - Johannesburg, South Africa / UTC +02:00 FYWB - Walvis Bay, Namibia / UTC +01:00
Departure Enroute Arrival Distance Avg. Spd. Max. Spd. Max. Alt. Fuel
(NM) (KT) (KT) (FT) (USG)
Estimated 09:00 (07:00Z) 04:59 12:59 (11:59Z) 748 80
Actual 10:47 (08:47Z) 06:02 15:49 (14:49Z) 766 127 169 10,817

Expected Weather: Mozambique to Namibia

By Steve Pellettiere

The average amount of rain that is recorded over this leg is listed below as 0.00 inches. Obviously an arid region with no weather problems suggested.

Averages

Temperature in Namibia Low: 73F, High: 93F
July Precipitation 0 Inch
Winds Aloft at 7,000 to 10,000 Feet From the east at 6 KT

reports

From: Walvis Bay, Namibia
Date: Friday August 06, 2004 at 12:48 EDT
By: Ed Galkin and Dick Sollner
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Wednesday we departed at about 10 AM for Walvis Bay. We filed VFR direct. Departure control vectored us north around a restricted area and then direct. At 6,500 feet our direct route took us over the Kalahari Desert to Walvis. A big wasteland. A wonder anything could survive.

Gunter had suggested staying north of Walvis Bay in a town called Swakopmund, a little German type city with tourists in mind. After landing at Walvis we had to go to the Port for Immigration and then taxi up to Swakop to our hotel Deutsches Haus. Sort of like a German gasthof in Africa.

Just by chance the Rotary Club was meeting an hour later. Dick joined the group and was warmly welcomed. President Astrid presided over a business meeting making plans for their Christmas event. The members are very active in local affairs. Dick was asked to speak about the trip and when FOP was mentioned Astrid asked if we would participate in a press conference. We would be delighted.

We just had our meeting with Astrid and two reporters, Kirsten and Maggie from two prominent newspapers. Ed obliged and gave a complete report about our activies and FOP.

Another press meeting with Donna and it's off to the Lighthouse for dinner.

Photo Courtesy of Ed or Dick
Three hours into the flight, over Botswana, we are well into the Kalahari desert
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People live there
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Near Windhoek, a flat top mountain
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Approaching Walvis Bay
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Runway 27 final at Walvis Bay airport
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We are there
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Swakopmund
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If you ever need to fly in Swakopmund and didn't bring your aircraft
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Our hotel, a little bit of Germany of Swakopmund
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Hohenzollern House
From: Port of Spain, Trinidad ?
Date: Wednesday August 11, 2004 at 13:47 EDT
By: Ed or Dick

After our interview with Donna, Rotary President Astrid said that she would bring before the membership the possibility of assisting in the FOP program. Good luck Astrid.

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