Turkey II 2015
Report of our second group visit to Konya in 2015 within six weeks. After the Tiger meet in May, it was now time to pay another visit to the the amazing Anatolian Eagle exercize in June 2015.
For the second time this year we had programmed a tour to Konya (Turkey). After the successful NATO Tiger Meet in May, the expectations were high for the Anatolian Eagle 2015-1 exercise. On Tuesday 16 June, 32 enthusiasts were, as usual trips to the 4Aviation, waiting in time at the rendezvous point at Schiphol. Seven other people we would meet in Istanbul and Konya, they had arranged their own flights. Everyone was already checked in, so we only had to get rid of our luggage. Then we were faced with the new control and customs facilities at Schiphol airport that were operational just a few weeks. It all went very smoothly. Then it went less smoothly. Our Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 was not yet present, it arrived late. After boarding some passengers had apparently not shown up, so some suitcases had to be removed from the plane and that led to missing our slot… Finally at 14:26 pm instead of 12:55, the wheels left the runway of Amsterdam-Schiphol. It was very bad weather over the airport of Istanbul and we had to circle for half an hour. Therefore we would certainly miss our connecting flight. Since there were a lot of spotters on board the aircraft in Amsterdam, all heading for the connecting flight to Konya, our plane to Konya fortunately waited for us. One of the many signs of Turkish hospitality. Just after half past nine we landed in Konya, where our trusty bus was waiting for the group. After a short drive we arrived at our regular hotel where the check went smoothly. Most participants picked up some food and drinks for the next day, in the shop nearby. Around midnight the last travellers arrived and the group of 39 people was complete.