Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kathmandu - Sentani Post 5: Chittagong and Bangkok

This will be a quick one from Bangkok.  We are so grateful that the Lord has brought us this far--things are going really well.  Airplane is doing great and the crew are having altogether too much fun (but don't tell anyone). 

A bit of a waiting drama getting out of Nepal...our flight permits finally came out and we got airborne around 12:30.  Great, uneventful flight to Chittagong...hairy one and a half hour ride through rickshaw gridlock to the hotel that was by far the most hazardous part of the mission so far.

Just over six hours from Chittagong to Bangkok and we landed here around 3:30 in the afternoon.  Idyllic views of Southeast Asia the whole way.  Thing almost got interesting when Bangkok's radar went down when we were 60 miles out...they stopped the inbound traffic in our places and gave us all holds and wouldn't give us an idea of how long the hold would be.  Our math showed that we could hold for an hour with the fuel we had so we were in pretty good shape...but began looking at alternates just in case.  They got her fixed in 12 minutes and we were on our way again.

We're off to Singapore tomorrow (not looking forward to the 4:00 a.m. wake up call).  About 7 hours total flying time with a stop in Langkawi, Malaysia for fuel.  Thanks for all your prayers--we really feel them.

Follow the satellite track of the flight here.

More of Brad's pics to enjoy.

Somewhere over Bangladesh
Finishing paperwork after arrival in Chittagong
Morning prayers.  Or a pre-flight inspection.  Or both.
Dwarfed by the big boys in Bangkok


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