Hurghada January 2009 (MIL/CIV)

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Hurghada January 2009 (MIL/CIV)

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Just spent 11 days in Egypt. Although this was a non-spotting vacation with my girlfiend, I still managed to take some pictures of aircraft. We stayed in the very nice Hotel Beach Albatross, which also offered a good view on the traffic inbound the local airport.

Hurghada, Sunday 4-Jan-2009
We arrived in Hurghada on Saturday night and the next morning jet sound woke me up. I ran outside and saw three MiG-21's landing at the airport. It was too late to get my camera, but I felt happy that the MiG's were home.

Hurghada, Monday 5-Jan-2009
A friend of mine had already been to Hurghada a couple of times and had advised me that every Monday morning there's an Egyptian AF Hercules coming in around 10:15AM. I took my camera and climbed the high stairs of the poolslide. At exactly 10:15 this white C-130H-30 came in:
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(Canon EOS20D, 300/f4 + 1.4TC)
The rest of the day I didn't see any MiG's...

Hurghada, Thursday 8-Jan-2009
So far, I had been waiting with my camera at the pool slide every morning, hoping to catch the MiG's landing but I didn't see any. This day, we took a flight with AMC to Cairo in order to see the piramids. While taxiing close to the military area I noticed three MiG's in every shelter, although I wasn't able to get any decent pictures. After take-off I also noticed a CH-47 at the end of the runway.

Cairo International, Thursday 8-Jan-2009
When we arrived at Cairo I saw the C-130's at the other side of the airfield. From the transfer bus I was able to take some bad pictures, but I does give an impression of how it looks like:
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All together I saw sixteen C-130 and was able to read off 1275/SU-BAF, 1286/SU-BAS, 1284/SU-BAQ and 1288/SU-BAU. The two grey ones are probably ex-Danish AF. From outside of the airport there are probably not too many photo opportunities with armed guards every 150 metres behind the fence.

Hurghada, Saturday 10-Jan-2009
Up till today there was still no sign of any MiG. Since Friday and Saturday are weekend for the Egyptians I didn't really count on any military activity. Still I gave it a shot at the poolslide again, before we had to catch our boat for some diving. Except for some civil stuff there was no activity:
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So, later that morning we went aboard the boat and while waiting to sail out it happened: six MiG-21's flew overhead and afterwards came in one by one. Of course there was no way I could get my camera in time, so I had to see it happen without being able to really enjoy it... :@(:

Hurghada, Monday 12-Jan-2009
On the other days I didn't see MiG's anymore. Maybe they've also flown on Sunday, but we were on a bustrip to Luxor that day. On Monday morning I was on station again to catch the 10:15 C-130 coming in:
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Hurghada, Tuesday 13-Jan-2009
The last day in Hurghada. In the morning I had been waiting at the poolside again, seeing airliners coming in but no mil stuff.
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While having breakfast I suddenly noticed a C-130. Time: 10:15 again! I ran to the poolside and finally had a picture of a desert camo:
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That's it. Unfortunately, no MiG pictures but at least I managed to get some C-130's and more important: I enjoyed the rest of my holiday very much! :sunny:
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Re: Hurghada (MIL/CIV)

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Enjoying your holiday is most important indeed :wink:

You much have resident in a hotel very close to Hurghada! When I was there I stayed in Hilton Long Beach resort and occassionaly I saw a plane landing. Most traffic was heading for Sharm El Sheikh, which airport was at the side of the sea.
Didn't you see any Russian aircraft? That would really wonder me because I saw a lot of these aircrafts..

By the way: great pictures :D
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Hi Bas,

I only saw one or two Tu-154's. We were still at a ten minutes drive from the airport but really close to the approach. I think there will probably be other hotels with better photo opportunities.
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Re: Hurghada January 2009 (MIL/CIV)

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Hi,

Nice review! Good to catch some Egypt Herkie birds on your holiday. I think a lot of people are jealous about what you have seen there!

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Re: Hurghada January 2009 (MIL/CIV)

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Nice report but I think you have to check your dates:

sunday 4th ok,
monday 8th ???,
thursday 8th ok,
thursday 5th ??
saturday 10th ok,
monday 12th ok,
tuesday 13th ok.
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Re: Hurghada January 2009 (MIL/CIV)

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gatso76 wrote:you have to check your dates:
Ah, thanx for pointing that out. I made some copy paste mistakes, but changed it now.
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