Even though I’ve stated on a number of occasions that my goal is to post something interesting and new at least once every two weeks (but without compromising quality), on this occasion more than a month had slipped past without so much as a peep out of me. My justification for this absence is quite a good one though, having spent the last month or so on intensive research for an upcoming major article about light aircraft in the service of Croatia’s national carrier, Croatia Airlines :).
My biggest and most thorough work so far – easily eclipsing my popular Messerschmitt Bf.108 post – it has involved some major data mining, including liaising with the company’s PR office, former technical staff, managers, flight crews and so on. Weaving together a long and complex story from bits gotten out of multiple sources is naturally slow work, but I’ve decided to go the extra mile with this one, sacrificing punctuality for quality, accuracy and readability.
More-or-less in its final stages of development (even though I keep finding new info on a day-to-day basis), I hope to have something to show my readers by mid or late November – until which I’ll leave some photos from Zagreb Intl on here to fill the gap… 🙂
Imposing in the best tradition of the Falcon family, HB-JIN easily stands out among the Citations and Cheyennes scattered across the GA apron. Even though it is not a large aircraft per se, the 900s tall landing gear and No. 2 engine intake and exhaust give it a certain royal presence that always attracts all the looks.
The second C-17 to visit Zagreb in a week, 080002 is seen just touching down on RWY 05 after its flight from Albania. One of three Globemasters operated as part of NATO’s Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) program, 080002 nominally belongs to the Hungarian AF – but is available, on a yearly flight-hour basis, to all participating states. One of them is also Croatia, which has secured – if I’m not mistaken – 200-300 flight hours yearly.
Some classic 747 noise as 4L-MRK thunders into RWY 05. Operated by the little-known “The Cargo Airline” based in Georgia and wearing the scheme of its former owner – AirBridgeCargo – MRK would become a common sight over the next few days, flying on an odd circuitous route from Amman in Jordan to Zagreb and then onto Tabuk in Saudi Arabia…
Very, very far outside its comfort zone – 7850 km / 4,239 NM to be exact – ABO had popped into ZAG on a very brief technical stop, taking on fuel for the last leg of its journey to Germany for heavy maintenance. Hopping like this across all of Africa, ABO’s last stop is reported to be Aswan in Egypt, a distance of some 2,800 km / 1,510 NM…