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Pinochet's Departure

Old 26th Oct 2018, 17:40
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Pinochet's Departure

Circa 2000, I seem to recall a Chilean Military 707 making a smoky and heavy departure, seen on prime-time TV, from either Waddo or Doncaster International.

I've often pondered on the ground handling issues, and if there was a tech. stop en-route to Santiago.
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Old 26th Oct 2018, 18:37
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London santiago is circa 7250 miles..

wiki gives max 707range at circa 5750 miles
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Old 26th Oct 2018, 19:00
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Pinochet departed Waddington on 2nd March 2000, wrong-footing most of the press who had been waiting for him at Brize Norton, where his 707 had been waiting since the end of January. His departure was reportedly delayed to allow delivery of a last-minute gift to him from Margaret Thatcher.

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Old 27th Oct 2018, 09:08
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Here's an interesting synopsis of how the General's departure was conducted.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile...blication_list
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One of best headlines done by the Daily Mirror some years ago was 'dictator meets General Pinochet'. Just goes to show want an abnoxious person Thatcher was.
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Perhaps it flew via Ascension Island and then on to Santiago ?
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Old 30th Oct 2018, 13:48
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack View Post
Perhaps it flew via Ascension Island and then on to Santiago ?
The outbound flight fro Santiago to Brize Norton routed via Bermuda, so maybe it returned by the same route?

Edit: No, it did indeed route via Wideawake.
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Old 31st Oct 2018, 18:19
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Thanks, all.
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