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This handsome beast is an Ilyushin Il-76 - you thought I was talking about myself again? - in which Stuart White (who took the picture) and I travelled to Goma during the Rwandan civil war and genocide. We flew from East Midlands Airport via Cairo where we landed to refuel not long after dawn. I climbed into the nose cone for the landing and pretty spectacular it was. Flying in over Cairo with the city lights on and dropping rapidly for the landing with the landing lights whipping past either side like tracer rounds is very exciting when laying on your stomach looking directly down with only the windows between you and the earth below.

This was to be a very eventful flight and I wrote about it in some detail in a short piece for the Sunday Times after one crashed.

If you think drinking and driving is dangerous, read it through Ilyushin trip
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