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Landing in the middle of nowhere on a make-shift gravel strip that changes appearance, length and usability with every season and type of weather.
In summer, a dry, blazing hot, dusty strip of sand that kicks up a sandstorm after each landing and takeoff. In spring a muddy pool of misery that attempts to drown our airplane and in winter a rock hard, frozen strip of bumpy clay and rocks that tests the tires and landing gear to the limit.
To add to the fun, the airport was located in a tight valley that only allowed a ‘one way in, one way out’ operation. No matter how much tail wind, we could only come in from one side and depart the other way since the hills around the strip prevented us from coming in the other way. Not to speak of the ‘locals’ that were happy to have us in their sights and take a shot or two at us.
Even when I’m flying high over Afghanistan with my 747 these days, I recognize this valley and strip if the weather happens to be clear. Good memories that will last a lifetime." By @jpcvanheijst #InstagramAviation