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#1 Post by Slasher » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:19 pm

Fox3WheresMyBanana wrote:
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I feel a God-forsaken Places I Have Diverted Into thread coming on.. ;)))

Window Rock, AZ would be my nomination.

Calcutta in my case yonks ago. The whole place was (and still is) literally one big humungus steaming pile of human sh!t. The stench could be smelled passing 10,000 ft on descent while diverting from Delhi. We all thought there was a leak in the upper deck dunny. Wasn't till we got to D1L that we realised it 'twasn't the onboard ablution. 😱 :ymsick:

We were stuck in that hell hole for 24h.
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#2 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:49 pm

I might add:
Kulusuk, Greenland.
The weather front failed to get over the icecap as forecast, and took out Narsarsuaq. Four and a half hours later, all on instruments and no autopilot, I just got over the icecap and made it to the patch of gravel surrounded by snow and ice that is Kulusuk. It is near the DEW line station that isn't there. It was manned by a Dane who communicated in grunts. I got away after three days, having to penetrate a band of icing cloud that took three hours at 100 feet over the Denmark Strait for it to melt off the aircraft. In June. But I couldn't stand another day there.
On the plus side, everything is always frozen, so no smells.

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#3 Post by Pontius Navigator » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:54 am

Thinking hard, not many bad but Wittering and Cottesmore deserve a mention. On a Pan Wittering said we would not be allowed in the Mess as we only had flying suits. We diverted from that diversion to Cottesmore. They said we could eat in a screened area of the dining room but have to stay in a room down the corridor, not the bar.I

This was when there were Brits, Italian and German there. The Brits were a jackets and ties, the Italians in shirts and sweaters, the Germans in fetching orange flying suits. We joined the Germans.

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#4 Post by Capetonian » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:13 am

Not so much a diversion but a fuelling stop on the old SAA Springbok routes between ZA and EU in the 70s.

A miserable island off the west coast of Africa, infested by rats, diseased dogs, wogs, and where catering consisted of very little apart from festering crayfish, warm coffee and warmer beer, tap water was brown and smelt of brown stuff, and the room of your hotel on stilts was over a stinking bog and rubbish dump with rats and dogs crawling over it.

I refer to Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde Islands. Apparently people go there on holiday now. The Cabo Verde people were very nice but spoke an impenetrable Portguese/Creole which even the Potchies battled to understand.
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#5 Post by ian16th » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:07 am

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Not so much a diversion but a fuelling stop on the old SAA Springbok routes between ZA and EU in the 70s.

A miserable island off the west coast of Africa, infested by rats, diseased dogs, wogs, and where catering consisted of very little apart from festering crayfish, warm coffee and warmer beer, tap water was brown and smelt of brown stuff, and the room of your hotel on stilts was over a stinking bog and rubbish dump with rats and dogs crawling over it.

I refer to Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde Islands. Apparently people go there on holiday now. The Cabo Verde people were very nice but spoke an impenetrable Portguese/Creole which even the Potchies battled to understand.
I have heard that it was site of some riotous parties by SAA crews that had to stop over there.
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#6 Post by Ex-Ascot » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:34 pm

Lisbon. Even when scheduled into there it is crap service. Try diverting with a medical emergency. If the chap hadn't been dead before we landed he would have been by the time the steps arrived.

F/O got dead drunk one night there. He was all over the place. Denided access to a club. Told the bouncer he was discriminating against a disabled guy with MS. We got in.
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#7 Post by 421dog » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:06 pm

Shamattawa, MB.

Truly the worst place in the world.

Spent 36 hrs waiting for parts sitting on a chair next to my plane on the Hayes river with more flies than I have ever experienced, so that the fetal alcohol syndrome urchins didn’t punch holes in my wings to huff my 100LL...

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#8 Post by Undried Plum » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:54 pm

Shittagong. Makes Calcutta look like Switzerland.

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#9 Post by Woody » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:04 pm

Invercargill on South Island, mistakenly went there, when I had a couple of spare days, locals watch traffic lights change for entertainment :(
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#10 Post by Slasher » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:17 am

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Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:54 pm
Shittagong. Makes Calcutta look like Switzerland.
Only went to Banglaville during transits in Dhaka. Those were bad enough. And that was just the terminal!
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#11 Post by G~Man » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:40 am

Tonopah, Nevada.... Gotta be right up there....
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#12 Post by Stoneboat » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:23 pm

421dog wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:06 pm
Shamattawa, MB.

Truly the worst place in the world.

Spent 36 hrs waiting for parts sitting on a chair next to my plane on the Hayes river with more flies than I have ever experienced, so that the fetal alcohol syndrome urchins didn’t punch holes in my wings to huff my 100LL...
Did said urchins steal the rubber balls out of the float pump-out wells? :D

Late in the fall of 1968 I was sent on a gamma ray scintillometer survey with a 185 on floats. The company leasing the airplane supplied a navigator!! and a technician to operate the instrument that was located in the baggage compartment behind the seats. A nav because the lines had to be flown very precisely, a quarter mile apart and I seem to remember the lateral tolerance was only a couple hundred feet. He'd call out corrections in two or three degree increments. The flying was what passed as nap of the earth for a 185, not below 400 and not above 500 feet. The terrain was lumpy - on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence - and some lines couldn't be flown their full length because the airplane couldn't outclimb the hills. In that case we'd break off the line and come down the hill from the other end. I'd stayed in the village were we were based - a place called La Tabatiere - before, but at the guest house at the local fish plant. This time there was no space available, so our agent found us a place to stay at some guy's house that had rooms to rent. He had fashioned a little hand written sign outside that said Bording House. There was no running water or anything but a dunny out back. Drinking water was brought in buckets from a local well. The place was clean and the guy's wife was an excellent cook, so we ate like kings, if you liked fish and wild game. One morning I went to get some water from the bucket to brush my teeth, and there were little fish swimming around in it. Made a beer drinker out of me, it did. :))

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#13 Post by ian16th » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:21 pm

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One morning I went to get some water from the bucket to brush my teeth, and there were little fish swimming around in it. Made a beer drinker out of me, it did. :))
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#14 Post by Ex-Ascot » Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:15 pm

I have used gin many times to clean my teeth.
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#15 Post by om15 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:57 am

Marham
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#16 Post by ian16th » Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:11 pm

om15 wrote:
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Didn't have to divert, I lived there for over 4 years. In 2 sessions, the second time by choice!
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