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 last flight was with FedEx again and this one was also a complete night-flight, so have your night vision goggles ready!
Here’s the info:
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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.
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It all begins at the FedEx ramp in Toronto. When other planes go to sleep, the Cargo Haulers awaken and do their job.
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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?!
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Engine start in progress, while we are being pushbacked.
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When we arrived in Toronto, a WestJet 737 had to wait for us. This time we have to wait for this little guy to take-off in front of us.
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Lined up on 23. Into the dark, cold night.
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And rotate. Look at me, you other planes on the FedEx-ramp. That’s how it’s done!
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From now on I’d have to lie, if I say that it was an exciting flight with lots of things to see…
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What can you do on a 6 hours night-flight? Check instruments, watch the stars or take pictures of the Flight Deck from unusual angles.
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At the point, where I almost fell asleep something absolutely beautiful happened. All of the sudden a St.Elmo’s-fire appeared around us.
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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.
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After hours and hours of seeing nothing but clouds and darkness, this Alaskan town appeared below us during our descent.
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ATC cleared us for approach and we are on Final for runway 07L.
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Short Final. The last one on MD-11 for now.
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Do I have to mention that there were some serious Crosswinds?
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We are taxiing back to the FedEx ramp.
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Remember that building? This is where we left a week ago.
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Cute little toy-plane this ATR…
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We did it! Back in Alaska, Shutdown complete.
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Bye bye, MD-11. Thanks for carrying me around the world safely.
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Just as we have left the plane, it started to snow!
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See you again, my friend! You’re one hell of a plane.
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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.

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3 thoughts on “Around the World Reloaded Part 5 (Final) – YYZ to ANC

  1. Thanks! I’ll try to include more cockpit shots in the next reports then. Don’t know where to go right now though. I thought about maybe doing some short trips in Alaska with the Beechcraft 1900 after all those long-haul flights or a few 737 legs with Alaska Airlines – we’ll see.
    How’s your MD-11 practice going? Looking forward to your next report, I really liked the last one in Washington state!

  2. Hey thanks for the comments on my world tour. Enjoying your posts, looking forward to seeing the B1900D in action here some time!

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