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Basrah International Airport, Iraq
Photos taken on various visits in November 2003
The gooseneck flares in photo 2 are a bit smokey!
Looks like a nice quiet place though.
I passed through here very early morning [0600hrs] on February 2nd 1958 after a four hour flight in HP Hermes G-ALDC before heading to Karachi.
The heat at this time of the day and time of year was quite extraordinary, I recall being one of 12 servicemen singled out by Iraqi Immigration Officials for a passport check, we were allowed to go to the riverside Tigris/Euphrates [??] to stretch our legs. This cannot be the same airport terminal but I do recall those very high columns.
On take off we flew over Khorramshar/Abadan there were miles and miles of huge cylindrical fuel tanks. Thankfully my visit was only for a couple of hours but I guess yours was a little more pressing in that Sandy Area!
It was hot when we arrived too, got there under the cover of darkness - one of the steepest decents I've ever known. We decended "blind" and the a/c landing lights were put on at the last minute along with the runway lights - I guess this must have been so the bad guys didn't know where we were!
We were told about the statue by the one of the Army chaps but I forget the significance of it, does anyone know?
I dont think it was called international airport when this image was taken, jets were many years off,
Some more photos of Basrah at various dates in 2003.
Vickers VC-10 C.1K (XV109)
Lockheed TriStar K.1 (ZE704)
Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules C.4 (ZH875)
Same aircraft as above but showing all of the control tower behind
Boeing 747-236B (G-BDXF)
A very bad photo of me infront of the terminal at Basrah, November 2003
De Havilland Twin Otter (N6161Q)
Some of the crew and myself landside at Basrah
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