Operated by Hawker Siddeley as G-AZJH from 1971. Delivered to the Nepalese Royal Flight as 9N-RAC in 1975. To the Royal Nepalese Air Force as RAN-20 in 1980. Had been renamed to Nepalese Army Air Service before this photo was taken. Later reserialled as NA-020.
Used as the jumping-off point for Everest treks, at 9380ft, Lukla airport is the third-highest in the world. The parking apron has room for only four aircraft but turn-around times are no more than 10 minutes. The weather always closes in during the afternoon so flight operations cease at about 1400. In the background can be seen our overnight accommodation, the Buddha Lodge
With the introduction of the Jetstreams, this Saab obtained from South Africa in 2004 was withdrawn and wasl derelict, along with some old Yeti Yunshuji Y-12s. Previously in service with Shandong Airlines and before that China Southern
If you look carefully you will see a Twin Otter (Yeti Airlines 9N-AET) on finals to this extraordinary airport. The runway is a 1700ft strip running 12% uphill, on the edge of a deep ravine and ending at a sheer mountain wall. All landings are uphill (06), all take-offs downhill (24). Only captains with at least seven years' experience are allowed to fly there
Only the deflated right tyre belies the fact that this nice old Avro had already been stored for about four years at the time of this shot. Delivered new to Nepal in 3.70 and still stored at last report. Sister-ship 9N-AAU was also seen, on the dump in original Royal Nepal colours
This exotic machine was one of a pair of Y12s seen at Pokhara, performing services to Jomson in Nepal's Mustang kingdom, at 8,800ft known as one of the most dangerous airports in the world and therefore a flight-sim favourite. First served Aero Bengal as S2-AAR from 1998, moving to Nepal in 05.07 but since became B-3842 with China Flying Dragon Aviation. Has "Made in China" embossed proudly across the control yoke!
The very friendly Sita Air provided an exciting ride up to Lukla, the third-highest airport in the world, giving me the opportunity to make a video which later went out via AirlineHobby. However tragically the sister aircraft in which I flew crashed on 28.9.12 and the company was closed down
Interesting overview from a spot on top of the domestic terminal. Across the back are M-28 Skytruck RAN-41 or 48, 748 RAN-20, Skyvan RAN-19, Islander RAN-49 or 50 (no external marks are carried), Alouette II/Cheetah RAN-40 and Puma RAN-28. Just to the right were derelict Skyvan RAN-14 and the wreck of Mi-17 RAN-43
One of a pair of M-28s operated by the (Royal) Nepal Army Air Wing. RAN-41 was delivered in 10.02 and this one in early 2004. Note the Islander behind, used on surveillance duties - again there are two but it is impossible to tell externally which is which as they carry no identifying marks
Gorkha Airlnes, slogan "Fly With Us The Gallant Way", certainly found a crazy way to present their titles on the right side of the tail! One of two Do228s with this local carrier and previously flown by Borneo Airways and Corporate Air in the Philippines
One of four recently delivered at the time of the photo (three from US Air Express and one from AA). Retaining their smart leather interiors, they are soon started to appear in Yeti's attractive full green scheme