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Old 11th Jan 2020, 01:52
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Unhappy Sultan Qaboos - RIP 10 Jan a2020

From the BBC - RIP a true friend of the U.K.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-50902476

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Old 11th Jan 2020, 05:56
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I fail to see the connection to aviation.
In other news today: Prices for real estate have gone up recently. (No connection to aviation either)
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 06:23
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Rest in peace, dude. He has the coolest superyacht in the world.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 09:57
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Originally Posted by fox niner View Post
I fail to see the connection to aviation.
In other news today: Prices for real estate have gone up recently. (No connection to aviation either)
Broaden your education then.

Pro western, stabilising force in that region (helped broker Iran nuclear deal that is now being ripped up). Very relevant on the military aviation side of thing (SOAF).

No line of succession, unstable country next door, more instability in that area affects Oil prices (plus gets passenger jets shot down) = maybe bad for our industry.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 10:30
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There are 3 cousins who are contenders; sons of Qaboos' Uncle Tariq. If there is no agreement by the Council, "Big Q" left a sealed envelope with his preference, which would then be acted upon.

[Think I've got all that right!]
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 10:36
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Hope the new Sultan, Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, is as stable as his cousin. (According to Wiki).
I spent 3 years there in the 70s. Nice country and nice people.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 10:41
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Foxniner; another connection is that for many years, operated a VC10 as part of the Royal Flight. Many bods from the BOAC days took their type-ratings down to the Sultanate and enjoyed very happy times indeed. The Sultan will surely have been connected with Oman Aviation but at a discreet distance I fancy. I enjoyed many stop-overs /start-overs through Muscat & felt strangely safe & comfortable in the delightful company of Omanis. RIP great Leader.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 10:47
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Flew into Salahlah, Oman many times and spent time there waiting to go to Yemen (During a civil war there) to work on the rigs for a major European Oil Company in the early '90s. Beautiful country fiercely pro-western, friendly people,
I also had a memorable flight with an ex-Vietnam pilot along the coast from Salalah (In a Bell 212) to a drillship offshore Yemen at the same time. The pilot, being a naturalist as well wanted to show me the birds on the cliffs "up close".
Sultan Qaboos loomed large over the country and deposed his father to drag the country into the modern world, he was a visionary if a little brutal regarding his opponents..
There we are a link to aviation and Oman. Bottom line, I agree with Capt Pit Bull.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 10:54
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Both Capt Pit Bull and Gordomac are absolutely right.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 12:45
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Well, I think he did a great job. He "replaced" his father (Sultan Said bin Taimur) on 23 July 1970 in an (almost) bloodless coup in Salalah. Sultan Qaboos immediately set about dragging his country out of the 14th century and anyone who has ever been anywhere near Oman will know what a great job he has done. I always felt totally safe there. Long may it continue. His father, by the way, was taken by Argosy to Bahrain, Britannia to Akrotiri and then VC-10 to Lyneham. After a short stay in RAF Hospital Wroughton he settled into the Dorchester Hotel in London where he died two years later.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 12:52
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Originally Posted by Gordomac View Post
The Sultan will surely have been connected with Oman Aviation but at a discreet distance I fancy. I enjoyed many stop-overs /start-overs through Muscat & felt strangely safe & comfortable in the delightful company of Omanis. RIP great Leader.
Same here - cannot agree more. Great country & people.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 12:55
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Strongly agree with all the positive posts above. A great loss.
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 13:47
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Muscat is a strange place today. The whole city is understandably deserted and very quiet.

As if to add to the somber feeling the weather is absolutely foul. The word that comes to mind to describe the rain is biblical. It reflects the mood of the country perfectly I think.

Qaboos made Oman a truly great place and it appears that he has left it in good hands with his successor.

BV 😢
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 17:33
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It has been a very sad day here in Muscat.
As far as succession goes, it was a very smooth and respectful affair.
The Al Said family council decided to skip the three days that they were offered to choose a successor, and instead voted to open the letter immediately and go with His Majesty's choice.
This was all televised here, and made a lot of people here very happy.
The new sultan is Haitham bin Tariq Al Said.

As an aside: after Sultan Qaboos was buried, it started to rain, and it has not stopped since.
A truly great man.

(Bob Viking: didn't see your post until now. The rain is indeed biblical. Lightning now over Al Mouj.)

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Old 11th Jan 2020, 18:37
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Further to Gordomac's post (#7 above), see
https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/exp...ltan-oman-vc10
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Old 11th Jan 2020, 20:20
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A seemingly good man, and he has created a great country in the Middle East. I (and indeed Mrs Mac ) have spent quite a bit of time there, and love the people and country. One of the best places I have had the pleasure to work and play. RIP
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Old 12th Jan 2020, 01:04
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Wasn't his VC10 rumoured to have been offered to the UK PLC as a VIP airframe when they retired it from Omani service, it was declined according to the rumour, so it was donated to the Brooklands museum where it remains today.
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