Around the World Reloaded Part 5 (Final) – YYZ to ANC
After 14,264 nm, 34.44 flight hours and five flights on the MD-11F, our second World-Tour comes to an end today. The final leg brought us from Toronto back to Anchorage, where we started last week to circle the World on a westbound track. We have been to Japan, Siberia, Germany and Canada, before returning to Alaska.
The routing today is relatively unspectacular. Not only will the darkness limit visibility, also there was not much too see but ice, lakes and the occasional mountain range. After departure from runway 23 in Toronto, we will overfly Lake Huron. To name some of the more recognized places we are going to overfly: Thunder Bay, North of Whitehorse and Gulkana, AS. In Anchorage we will be landing on runway 07L. CRZ FL will be 340 again, with a Step Climb to 360 later into the flight.
After five continuous flights in the MD-11, we turned into a real pro and went through the preflight items with routine – even though routine is deadly in aviation, I know – but you know what I mean, right?!
In all different shades of colors, we witnessed this spectacular play. A St.Elmo’s-fire is nothing more, but electrical storms with discharging of energy-loaded air. They were first witnessed by sailors many, many centuries ago.
This was our second World-Tour. I haven’t decided on where to fly next from here, but I have some ideas. So stay tuned for my next report and I hope you enjoyed our Cargo Ops around the World.