2010-06-11 -- Sharm El Sheik to Dubai

A long flight today. Flight plan: HESH -> PASAM UN316 HLF A145 GAS ALMAL B418 LOTIT A791 ENASA DCT NADAM DESDI STAR -> OMDB


Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 13.8 mm; 1/200 sec, f/11.0, ISO 80
Boeing 747 tail number A40-SO, the plane with a bump. Belongs to the Oman Royal Flight -- oddly enough, I'm writing this in Oman (on June 14th-15th) but the plane was in Sharm El Sheik The bump is allegedly radio equipment.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 7.8 mm; 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 80
Climbing at 3300 feet per minute (37.5 MPH straight up) in a TBM-850. OK, sure, it wasn't sustained for very long, maybe a minute.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/30 sec, f/2.7, ISO 80
We're almost to the GAS in Saudi Arabia. Our burn rate is pretty low though, 46 gallons per hour.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/400 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
A large crater -- almost impossible to see here (the picture needs some enhancement). Look for the ring in the middle of the photo.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/40 sec, f/2.7, ISO 80
The crater is located here.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Near the end of Saudia Arabia we saw these white clouds with dust clouds below them. Marshmallows on hot chocolate.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 7.8 mm; 1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 125
Dubai was a bit busy.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
The first view of Dubai wasn't exactly thrilling.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
A pair of Emirates A380's on the ramp in Dubai. If you look closely at the left one, you'll see a teeny-tiny multi-million dollar jet hiding. Wow, that hurts the ego. I think this is the first time I've seen an actual A380. Too bad it was so far away.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/20 sec, f/2.7, ISO 800
Burj Al Arab sweets. Dates stuffed with figs, apricots, walnuts and nothing.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/11.3, ISO 200
The backside of Burj Al Arab. The (tiny) pool is in the lower leftish corner.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
One of the few (only?) non-panoramic pictures I took of the inside of Burj Al Arab.



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