I have a confession to make. Sometimes when I’m supposed to be working I take a well deserved break and wander around the internet for hours at a time a few minutes doing, you know, research. This morning I got an email from my good friend Andrew Bruce up at Far North Aviation in Wick Scotland who I’d asked for advise in planning my upcoming trip to Bangkok. One of the legs I was asking about was the stop in Jordan. The last time I was through there I landed and spent the night in Amman. It was an OK place to stop for the night but my route to Crete the next day would take me over Israel and even though I’d been trying for 3 days I was unable to get an overflight permit. So not wanting to meet an F-16 with the star of David on its wings I was forced to fly around Israel then back up to Egypt. Quite the pain in the ass and expensive.
I was looking at trying once again to get overflight permission for Israel or even land there, because I have a friend in Tel Aviv but Andrew suggested that I stop in Aquaba instead because the fuel is cheap, sort of. So after hard 5 minutes of slaving away on Google Earth looking at the new route I decided I deserved a break and started surfing the internet. One of the first things I came across was a story about Lawrence of Arabia’s secret camp being found. “That’s cool” I thought, and as I scrolled down the page I came across a map that showed where the camp was located. Notice any similarities?
It looks like I’m going to be flying right over the camp when I leave Aqaba going to Kuwait. I think I see a desert buzz job in my future.