Second instalment in this trip, this time in Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport!
Approaching through the mountains, this is arguably one of the most beautiful approaches in the world!
One of the highlights (to me, I’d never seen a 757 in the metal before this!) 9N-ACA, delivered in September of 1987 and powered by the RB211 series of engines, is unfortunately now stored and no longer in use :(
As dead as the car company of the same name I’m afraid… 9N-AHL, SAAB 340B delivered on the 18th of June 1992 to China Southern Airlines as B-3654, then bought by Yeti Airlines in 2004 before sadly being scrapped in Feb 2012. The carcass of the plane still remains at VNKT right next to the helipad so I’d recommend going to take a look if you happen to be there!
CRJ-200ER built on the 10th of April 2003 as C-GYYA before being handed over to Atlantic Coast Airlines as N695BR, then later in August 2004 sent to Independence Air (which ceased ops on the 5th of Jan 2006). This led to the plane then being sold to Arik Air in June 2007, before AGAIN changing hands to South African Express Airways in March 2008. The plane has been stored here since October 2016, with the original N695BR registeration instead of the SAAE ZS-NMG reg that it used with its time in SAAs hands.
SAD! The sight of planes just left like that pains my heart…
No caption for these, can anyone clear up what they are? (Not the man, the planes behind him!)
All the planes, as seen from the cockpit of a Eurocopter AS350B3e!
The Garmin avionics before and after the flight, wih the B3 boasting FADEC which the older AS350s lack.
Refuelling, the manly way!
The helicopter itself, Niner Kilo Bravo! Thanks so much to the pilot for letting me start it up and for showing me around, really cannot say how much that meant to me! According to him, this particular AS350B3e was delivered at Seletar Airport in Singapore in 2013 before he flew it all the way back to Nepal, taking him 18 hours and 6-7 fuel stops along the way!
What threshold? The runway here is built such that if you stall short of the runway, theres no nice clear field to cushion your landing…just tightly packed apartments.
I hope you enjoyed looking at these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them! Thanks for dropping by, see you next time!