May 26, 2004, flying from Alamaty, Kazakhstan to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Once again I had to do slalom in between high mountain peaks (Zeravshan Range), even though I flew at 16,000 ft. most of the way. Those mountains over there are really high. I guess the Indian subcontinent is pushing very hard.
I know that it might be lame, but I can think of only one thing when Dushanbe is mentioned, the movie Spies like us. As I was flying over the high mountains of Tajikistan, I expected to see Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd on a donkey below me.
This area of the world has very spectacular geography. I doubt I would be going there any time soon though. I do not believe those countries are very safe to go to.
Anyway, I was able to cross yet another mountain range and make it to Dushanbe in one piece. The approach was a bit tricky due to the very low visibility, but nothing too problematic. I left the plane parked next to the terminal building and that is that for some time now.
Pre flight check at the Alamaty airport
High above the clouds (16,000 ft.)
High enouhg? I do not think so.
Crossing the Zeravshan Range
Final approach to Dushanbe
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