263 Countries and Territories in 263 Days

12 November 2021

Netherlands

Rotterdam The Hague Airport (EHRD/RTM)

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Stroopwafels, tulips, canals, windmills and the country that took the land from the seas that were supposed to own it, the Netherlands is one of my favourite countries, and if it werenโ€™t for the language barrier, a country I would be willing to move to. Not to mention, Netherlands could easily put itself on the international stage again this year with Max Verstappen currently leading the F1 championship in the 2021 season, and is the favourite to take the title at this point in time.


190 Country and Territories Controlled, 73 Uncontrolled, 73 days to go

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13 November 2021

Midway Islands

Henderson Field (Midway Atoll) (PDMY/MDY)

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Once an island used for refuelling for transpacific flights by the Air Force, as well as a stop for Navy ships, the Midway was more or less second to Pearl Harbour in importance to protecting the west coast of the United States. However, since being decommissioned in 1950, it was recommissioned in the late 60s to aid in the Korean and Vietnam wars.


191 Country and Territories Controlled, 72 Uncontrolled, 72 days to go

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14 November 2021

Kingman Reef

Palmyra Atoll (PLPA)

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Listed as an unincorporated territory of the United States, the island is administered by the Department of Interior, and has been closed to the public. It is listed as a part of the United States Minor Outlying Islands and was declared a marine national monument in 2009.


192 Country and Territories Controlled, 71 Uncontrolled, 71 days to go

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15 November 2021

Johnston Atoll

Henderson Field (Midway Atoll) (PDMY/MDY)

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Another island listed as a United States Minor Outlying Island, Johnston Atoll has had a much more violent recent history than other island and atolls. The site of nuclear weapon testing, it was severely contaminated in 1962 when a missile, with a live warhead, exploded, spilling radioactive materials such as plutonium all over the launch pad.


193 Country and Territories Controlled, 70 Uncontrolled, 70 days to go

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16 November 2021

Jarvis Island

Palmyra Atoll (PLPA)

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Just another minor outlying island thatโ€™s listed under the United States Minor Outlying Islands, this was used for Guano mining, though not a lot was performed. Not to mention, the atoll itself is very much unknown given that it hasnโ€™t been explored too much.


194 Country and Territories Controlled, 69 Uncontrolled, 69 days to go

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17 November 2021

Howland Island

Palmyra Atoll (PLPA)

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Howland Island is another island thatโ€™s a part of the United States Minor Outlying Islands, and as such, the United States has an exclusive economic zone extending 200 nautical miles in all directions where no foreign vessels may conduct business without permission given. That said, this island is also well known for being the island on which Amelia Earhart was searching for, but never reached on her flight to Honolulu.


195 Country and Territories Controlled, 68 Uncontrolled, 68 days to go

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18 November 2021

Baker Island

Palmyra Atoll (PLPA)

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Baker Island is another one of those United States Minor Outlying Islands that was occupied during times of war, and has since been abandoned. That said, remnants from the military do still remain on the island, with the most prominent being a kilometre and a half long airstrip that has since been covered with vegetation and deemed unsafe to use. It is also an exclusive economic zone of the United States of America, and entry is only allowed by permits given by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


196 Country and Territories Controlled, 67 Uncontrolled, 67 days to go

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19 November 2021

Afghanistan

Kabul International Airport (OAKB/KUB)

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A country with a painful history, though a rich one given the location of it being where the silk road ran through. That said, plenty of its rich history was ruined or destroyed in the last few decades due to unrest within the country that Iโ€™m sure a lot of people are familiar with. Itโ€™s a beautiful place, having had the opportunity to control there during my radar training, offering a enough of a challenge to controllers, but not an overly difficult airport with a solid plan in place.


197 Country and Territories Controlled, 66 Uncontrolled, 66 days to go

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20 November 2021

Ashmore and Cartier Islands

Troughton Island Airport (YTTI)

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This island was often occupied by Indonesian fisherman for hundreds of years prior, until a memorandum of understanding was signed in 1974 between Australia and Indonesia, recognising the Ashmore and Cartier Islands as a part of Australia, but allowing Indonesian fisherman access to the exclusive economic zone drawn by the islands, as well as shelter and facilities on the island. In more recent years, however, the island was often used by asylum seekers, who once the island, could claim that they have entered Australian migration zones, and thus, enter Australia as refugees.


198 Country and Territories Controlled, 65 Uncontrolled, 65 days to go

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21 November 2021

Coral Sea Islands

Great Barrier Reef Airport (YBHM/HTI)

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The Coral Sea Islands lay off the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world. It is declared a sovereign micronation by Australia.


199 Country and Territories Controlled, 64 Uncontrolled, 64 days to go

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22 November 2021

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island Airport (YSNF/NLK)

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Controlling at my 200th country and territory around the world, I took the opportunity to control at Norfolk Island, with strong winds presenting a strong challenge to all pilots who came. Those who came in their spitfires, of course, did experience quite bumpy weather and some interesting skills were displayed, to say the least.


200 Country and Territories Controlled, 63 Uncontrolled, 63 days to go

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23 November 2021

Clipperton Island

Ahe Airport (NTHE/AHE)

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An island without an airport, the closest airport that I could control was in Ahe. Other than that, this island has been the grounds on which castaways landed on multiple occasions.


201 Country and Territories Controlled, 62 Uncontrolled, 62 days to go

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Congratulations on 200!

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24 November 2021

Bassas da India

Ivato International Airport (FMMI/TNR)

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Rising steeply from the ocean floor some 3 kilometres below, this is a popular diving spot that is often illegal to visit. Visiting this island requires a permit from the French government, and not having one could lead to the vessel you used to visit the area possibly impounded and confiscated.


202 Country and Territories Controlled, 61 Uncontrolled, 61 days to go

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25 November 2021

Europa Island

Ivato International Airport (FMMI/TNR)

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Located in the Mozambique Channel, Europa Island was the centre of attention when used partly to study the breeding habits of green turtles. Other than that, this island remains a possession of France, despite being well over 9 hours away by air.


203 Country and Territories Controlled, 60 Uncontrolled, 60 days to go

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26 November 2021

Glorioso Islands

Ivato International Airport (FMMI/TNR)

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The Glorioso Islands are two coral islands north of Madagascar, and are considered to be territories of France. At the same time, Comoros and Seychelles lay claim on the island. It is now considered to be marine protected area, preserving endangered flora and fauna that are on the islands.


204 Country and Territories Controlled, 59 Uncontrolled, 59 days to go

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27 November 2021

Juan de Nova Islands

Ivato International Airport (FMMI/TNR)

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Another island that belongs to France, Juan de Nova Island has a small garrison with a number of troops stationed there. The island is also a nature preserve, often times having scientists on the island with research work happening every so often.


205 Country and Territories Controlled, 58 Uncontrolled, 58 days to go

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28 November 2021

Tromelin Island

Ivato International Airport (FMMI/TNR)

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Tromelin Island is another island in the Indian Ocean with claims being laid by Mauritius and France, though it is administered by France and is named after Jacques Marie Boudin de Tromelin de La Nuguy who rescued enslaved islanders who were on the island for 15 years.


206 Country and Territories Controlled, 57 Uncontrolled, 57 days to go

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29 November 2021

Netherland Antilles

Curaรงao International Airport (TNCC/CUR)

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The Netherland Antilles are a group of islands that collectively form the Netherland Antilles. Being made up of Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaรงao, they are considered to be a part of the Netherlands, with travel between these islands and the European Union being unhindered due to them being considered a part of the Netherlands.


207 Country and Territories Controlled, 56 Uncontrolled, 56 days to go

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30 November 2021

Guernsey

Guernsey Airport (EGJB/GCI)

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Guernsey was once a part of mainland Europe some 8,000 years ago, though rising sea levels have since separated them from the mainland. That said, the island wasnโ€™t neglected in the time since, with it being home to one of the worldโ€™s largest tidal ranges where locals and tourists often visit.


208 Country and Territories Controlled, 55 Uncontrolled, 55 days to go

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