At the end of June and early July 2018 4Aviation was able to visit the Lebanese Air Force and three of its air bases. Access and cooperation was brilliant!
When an air show was announced that would take place in Lebanon scheduled to include participation of the Lebanese Air Force, we soon decided that 4Aviation obviously ´needed to be there´. We got in touch with the organisers about possible extra access and as a result of their willingness to cooperate we decided to keep the group size small (six participants). We had already booked our flights (and the two joining us land-only had done so as well) when the organisers informed us that they had decided to postpone the air show.
Since this came as a bit of a shock, we then asked them if we could have base visits instead in the same period (If you don’t ask you don’t get). The first response was that they were willing to try but it would take a lot of effort and time to get an answer. After a long period of uncertainty we finally got the OK a couple of days before the scheduled departure towards Lebanon.
So it happened that in the afternoon of Thursday (28 June) four participants gathered at Schiphol. Vueling would take them to Beirut, via Barcelona. A delay at Schiphol resulted in some anxious moments at Barcelona since the connection time had been seriously reduced. The process in Barcelona was surprisingly smooth, so we did get on board in time. When we landed at Beirut International it was Friday already and a taxi driver took us to the hotel for a very short night.