COMANCHES ON THE FLY
SOME PHOTOS FROM POND CROSSINGS.
Several Comanches have crossed the Atlantic Ocean, some more than once. Below, are shown two of the popular airports used by our travelers.
Holger Von Bulow is a frequent customer of the ATC over the North Atlantic, and is currently in the middle of another crossing from Europe to the USA. His PA-39, N4297A, is seen here under the pouring rain at the airport of Reykjavik, Iceland (BIRK). This is a stopover on the route between Europe and the USA. Photo was taken by Holger from the Airport Hotel, November 30th, 2002.
Monica and Friedrich Rehkopf have crossed twice in their Comanche 260 (1992, 1995) and a third time in their present bird, a PA-39, D-GMAI. En route they landed at one of the world's most unusual airports, Narssarssuaq, Greenland (BGBW). The enclosed photos were taken through the windshield while on the approach. Notice the steep descent, and the icebergs on short final. The approach plate even includes a warning: "Icebergs on final". Photos were taken August 10, 2001.
At Narssarssuaq, landings are always on runway 07, and takeoffs – from runway 25.
Monica and Friedrich near their aircraft, on the ground at Narssarssuaq. Note their special thermal suits used for flights over the North Atlantic. The fuel truck in the background contains what is probably the World's most expensive Avgas.
A view over the glacier East of Narssarssuaq, Greenland