Day13, Wednesday 29JUL98
Sao Tomé – Lome/Togo – Ouagadougou/Burkino Faso
A second try. Our friend Mario
dropped us at the airport and we got our plane ready in record time.
all check completed, we departed just after 9 AM. Three and a
half-hour over water lay ahead. This is the equivalent distance
As we looked back through the
Sao Tomé was beginning to disappear, as we slowly got above the
clouds and levelled of into out cruising level.
Before leaving Sao Tomé, I
checked on the
satellite pages on the Internet, which indicated what lay ahead of us
ahead. There were strong clouds and some storms in the Gulf of Guinea
along the West African coast. The typical
Inter-Tropical Confluence Zone ( ITCZ
) at this time of the year. With our 3M 1000 Storm scope in our panel,
need to be too worried. After some “ slaloming “ around some of the
build-ups, we then got the African coastline in
sight and landed after 3 hours
55 minutes at Lomé International in Togo.
When was the last time your
“Boy oh Boy, my life wish would be off to Ouagadougou”, yippee, Burkino
Isn’t that a new message?
The Africa north of Namibia we
saw so far
is in one stage or another of disintegration. No stress here. Most
A Naomi Campbell on every corner. Natives still fish in dug out canoes,
eat breadfruit and bananas on a daily diet. Every country
has its own big
problems, Togo no exemption!
A quick refuel and after one
time we were back in the air for the next 3 hours to Ouagadougou. Lake
appeared between the clouds. Overflying from time to time little
and towns, past the city of Tamale and then crossing the
white Volta river, we
wondered what the people down there were doing. Up here we were nice
in our Comanche, with
no worries and the world was just passing below us.
Getting closer to our
destination, we kept
a close listen to the air traffic, not that there was much to hear.
miles out of
Ouagadougou, a Sabena Airbus was preparing its departure and its
routing was exactly in our direction. The controller kept asking
us for our
positions and altitudes. The Airbus should be coming our way, 1000feet
than us! With the setting sun in our eyes
and no radar to indicate separation,
it was everyone for himself. All of a sudden we spotted the Sabena
a mile ahead,
and within split seconds, the airliner passed just below us. A
bit of excitement to get our hearts beating!
We landed at the airport of the
Burkino Faso as the sun was touching the horizon.
Immigration in record time and
these Taxi wrecks took us to our hotel down town.
A candlelight dinner by the
pool, under a
wonderful clear sky full of stars rounded off our long flying Day.