The first 4Aviation tour to Qatar started on Monday 15 December 2014. The plan was to witness the preparations for Qatar National Day and attend the actual day. During QND a large number of the Qatar Emiri Air Force take part. The day is celebrated on 18 December, the date that in 1878 Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed bin Thani became the ruler of the country. The preparations for the tour were a bit troublesome. Since the number of participants was limited it was decided that we would depart from two airports. Three people would fly from Amsterdam and two from Brussels. We would then meet at Dubai and travel together from there. The flight from Brussels was scheduled on 15 December. Indeed, the day the Belgium would come to a complete stop as a result of a general strike. The flights from Brussels were therefore rerouted to Dusseldorf at the last moment.