Around the world in a Silver Spitfire

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Looks like I guessed the general route if not these two stops. G-IRTY will follow the West coast of mainland Russia to Nikolayevsk, which is located very close to Sakhalin Island, which itself runs South, it's Southernmost tip being very near the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Sapporo, on Hokkaido is marked below.

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Tuesday update. G-IRTY set off from Evensk quite late in the afternoon, made a diversion inland, doubled back to the coastal route, then onward to Magadan Sokol airport, where they have stopped for the night. Weather?

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ETA

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On a basic level the weather looks like it may be okay to Nikolayevsk but rain is a possibility the next day.

ETA Tuesday 23:10 UTC - just checked the tracker and found that G-IRTY took off just a few minutes ago. That's three hours earlier than yesterday so maybe they can fly on from Nikolayevsk today in anticipation of the possibility of rain there on Thursday?

ETA - just checked the Twitter feed and found a new post. Three stops planned for today. Excellent.

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Interesting manoeuvres over the Okhotsk area before locating and landing at an airfield there to the east of the river for the first of three planned stops today.

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Woke up and decided to check on progress at 02:00 UTC, just as G-IRTY was taxiing for take off!
 
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Okhotsk to to Nikolaevsk. The previous Twitter seemed to infer three stops but that was probably including the island which they will fly to tomorrow.
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ETA - It seems they didn't fly on Wednesday after all but stayed another night at Nikolaevsk.

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk seems a reasonable choice for the next stop but they haven't said where the next stop is planned for. It is classed as an international airport and is a relatively short flight from Hokkaido on which there are 12 airports How to Use the Airport Effectively in Hokkaido
 
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G-IRTY still in Nikolayevsk. Weather held them back from the third hop to Sakhalin Island (Russian).The support aircraft has flown on to Japan for maintenance to start. G-IRTY to follow, perhaps Saturday. Explanations from the Twitter feed.

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It sounds like maintenance for both aircraft and a couple of week off for the pilots and crew. No idea whether they are flying home (as passengers) for R&R or chilling out in Japan. Very short video below.

 
G-IRTY still in Nikolayevsk. The support aircraft has flow on to Japan. G-IRTY expected to fly to Japan on Saturday. Explanations from the Twitter feed.

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It sounds like maintenance for both aircraft and a couple of week off for the pilots and crew. No idea whether they are flying home (as passengers) for R&R or chilling out in Japan. Very short video below.

Nothing whatsoever at all to do with the Rugby World Cup I'm sure!

Regards,
MM
 
SWMBO just bought me a bit of tat from their shop.
Hope it's the real deal as claimed.
Smelted wing-span component...apparently.
 
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Uncanny. Not the first time I've decided to check on progress just as the spitfire is taxiing and about to take off.

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Two stops expected: Sakhalin Island (Rus) then Chitose (Jpn) - but will it be the air base rather than the airport?

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ETA - G-IRTY flew a mostly coastal route down the West coast of Sakhalin Island then inland to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport. The airport was established in 1945, originally as a military airfield. Typical Soviet era flats and streets in varying condition which seem to go on for miles. Market shops have Japanese produce and there seem to be some reasonable hotels. ExxonMobil and other US companies have business there.
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This extract from Wikipedia explains briefly the swapping of the Southern half of Sakhalin Island last century, between Russia, Japan and finally the Soviet Union, hence the mix of Russian and Japanese names.

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk began as a small Russian settlement called Vladimirovka, founded by convicts in 1882.[2] The Treaty of Portsmouth in 1905, which brought an end to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905, awarded the southern half of the Sakhalin Island to Japan. Vladimirovka was renamed Toyohara (meaning "bountiful plain"), and was the prefect capital of the Japanese Karafuto Prefecture.[citation needed]
After the end of World War II, the Japanese portion of Sakhalin island was occupied by Soviet troops. Ownership of the city was transferred to the Soviet Union and it was renamed Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Town status was granted to it in 1946.[2]

Back to the journey.

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Chitose (千歳市 Chitose-shi) is a city located in Ishikari Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan, and home to the New Chitose Airport, the biggest international airport in Hokkaido and closest airport to Sapporo, as well as the neighboring Chitose Air Base.
 
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Chitose (千歳市 Chitose-shi) is a city located in Ishikari Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan, and home to the New Chitose Airport, the biggest international airport in Hokkaido and closest airport to Sapporo, as well as the neighboring Chitose Air Base
The airbase and civilian side are essentially different sides of the same airport. From a military perspective, there’s a very busy wing of F-15s there (several hundred QRA scrambles per year), the Japanese VIP 747 sqn, a H-60 SAR unit and Patriot SAM battery.

It’s also in a stunningly beautiful part of Japan.

Regards,
MM
 
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Chitose is at the same latitude as Vladivostok.
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Link to Twitter video below. Maintenance due to start on the aircraft. Pilots now have a couple off weeks of but more media may appear via the Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the weekly Telegraph videos. Week 6 video below from Magadan a few days ago:


Very short video of arrival at Chitose:

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