I had brought some basic and light beds, seen behind this reporter. The other women were singing in my honor.
Some weather these days. Some airstrips are still closed. My colleague had to divert and spend the night somewhere else last night.
An Antonov 32 one early morning on take off out of Juba. Notice the propeller vortices very visible due to the ambient humidity, even on a sunny day. (I know I made a mistake with my high shutter speed and the propellers look “frozen”)
The White Nile, the thinner of the 2. The Blue Nile from Ethiopia brings 95% of water and sediments. They meet in Khartum.
A military Mi 8.
A UN Mi 8, to be seen by dozens in the country.
The huge Mi 26. Only 2 on Juba airport. I could bring my Land Rover from Arusha in this… the roads are here way worse than in Tanzania. Land Rovers are rare around. All Land Cruisers…sad.
Notice the mechanic nearly engulfed in the rotor compartment.
The caption says “4 wheels and 1 umbrella”, that was the logo when the car was presented to the public 60 or so years ago. That summed up the car quite well. I used to have a 2CV like this model, a red one. I miss it, especially in Arusha where I live. It would be perfect on the bumpy roads.
A beautiful DC 6, a venerable lady from the 40’s sits forgotten in Lokichoggio, NW Kenya. It was flyable 15 years ago. A pilot had plans to clean it up and fly her back to the USA in the late 90’s. Then he would have volunteered for the Iraq war. No news since then. In the meantime a tree has grown between 2 of the famous mythical radial engines and maybe now the costs to restore are prohibitive. I had no access to this one.
But her sister had a few doors open, so I jumped on the wing and offered myself a tour inside. My colleague has flown both of them in the 90’s! I envy him so much. I prefer older airplanes…(which also implies days with a lot less of painful aeronautical administrations!)
The paint and the propellers came off. The old owner’s name appears beneath.
I wish my Caravan had such a beaten silver engine cowling…
Surprisingly the interior was not looted nor too trashed. The oxygen bottle was intact, most of the instruments are still there….
10 tons could be lifted in normal conditions. In the African bush, a bit more…
I found that old dirty oxygen mask. Poor pilots who had to don that heavy rubber mask, it looks very uncomfortable…
Juba, a leprosy camp a block away from my hotel. Dozens of NGO’s around and nobody seems to care. Oh yes the authorities do…they chase them away from one neighborhood to the next. This picture was taken while driving. I wish I could snap from close, working on it. I walked there and spotted a half missing face, missing fingers …
The helmet…everywhere but on the rider’s head. Common scenery everywhere I’ve been to in Africa.
Trendy old man.
A knife sharpener. Similar technology in Tanzania. My grandma saw that in Europe some decades ago.