Today I took a 3 hour, 15 minute flight in the 172 on the expert server. I started the flight taking off from ZYYJ (Yanji Airport in Northeast China). I ended up flying through North Korea, along the border of North & South Korea and ended up landing at RKRO – Pocheon (G 217) airport in South Korea.
Here was my route:
I took off runway 27 at ZYYJ and in about 15 minutes I found myself crossing into North Korea right around Chungo Dong, which is pictured right behind the 172 in this snap:
With no idea where I was going to ultimately end up, I ended up continuing south past the Musan Iron Mine, where the terrain had become quite enjoyable:
I continued south for about another 35 minutes until I reached the coastline of Sinchang, North Korea. I hugged to coast so I could get a good look at the Sinpo Nuclear Power Plant (Sinchang on the right, Sinpo to the left):
I continued my trek south over the water until I reached Mt. Kumgang National Park, near the North/South Korean border on North Korea’s east coast:
With Mt. Kumgang in the rear view, I circled the waters that feed the Imnam Dam:
I then followed the border of North and South Korea towards the Yellow Sea.
I turned around hugged the border back on the South Korean side and eventually made my way to RKRO, flying VFR on the RKSI Approach frequency.
This was a very enjoyable flight over the Korean peninsula. Hopefully I’ll get to explore some more of it some time soon!