Gabon Express started operated scheduled jet and prop services to various destinations in Gabon from 1998 to 2004. . At the time this program was filmed Gabon Express was the last airline in the world to operate a Caravelle in scheduled passenger service making this dvd a very unique experience.

The program also features the Hawker Sidley 748 and you will learn about both types of aircraft as you follow flights to very primitive fields in Africa. At Oyem the Caravelle must engage its reversers before landing due to the short runway!

An experience that cannot be missed is the air to air of the Caravelle over the coastline of Gabon, this is certainly one of the highlights of the World Air Routes series!

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122mins

$25

Filmed in 2000 - Released in 2000

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Flight Information
A/C Reg Flight Route Flt Time Destinations
Hs748 3C-KKP GEX 791 LBV-BMM 1h00

LBV Libreville, GABON

BMM Bitam, GABON

Hs748 3C-KKP GEX 792 BMM-LBV 0h50

BMM Bitam, GABON

LBV Libreville, GABON

Caravelle 3D-SEP GEX 411 LBV-POG 0h19

LBV Libreville, GABON

POG Port Gentil, GABON

Caravelle 3D-SEP GEX 412 POG-LBV 0h21

POG Port Gentil, GABON

LBV Libreville, GABON

Caravelle 3D-SEP GEX 521 LBV-MVB 0h52

LBV Libreville, GABON

MVB Franceville, GABON

Caravelle 3D-SEP GEX 522 MVB-LBV 0h33

MVB Franceville, GABON

LBV Libreville, GABON

Caravelle 3D-SEP GEX 561 LBV-OYE 0h33

LBV Libreville, GABON

OYE Oyem, GABON

Caravelle 3D-SEP GEX 562 OYE-LBV 0h30

OYE Oyem, GABON

LBV Libreville, GABON

Caravelle 3D-SEP GEX 211 LBV-POG 0h18

LBV Libreville, GABON

POG Port Gentil, GABON

Caravelle 3D-SEP GEX 212 POG-LBV 0h19

POG Port Gentil, GABON

LBV Libreville, GABON

Caravelle 3D-SEP GEX 161 LBV-OYE 0h33

LBV Libreville, GABON

OYE Oyem, GABON

Caravelle 3D-SEP GEX 162 OYE-LBV 0h31

OYE Oyem, GABON

LBV Libreville, GABON

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Reviews

One of the (now prolific) series of 'World Air Routes' cockpit-oriented videos from Just Planes Videos, this one distinctive because it covers an exotic part of the world, equatorial Africa, and the operation of the only Caravelle in regularly scheduled passenger service. In fact the video begins with a flight on GEX's Hs748 to Bitam, in northeastern Gabon, which gives the viewer an idea of bush flying in this part of the world. The remainder of the program offers 10 takeoffs and landings in the Caravelle 11R, shot from the cockpit, including two 18-19 minute flights between Libreville and Port Gentil, one of the shortest scheduled Caravelle routes ever flown. There are also two trips to Oyem. As this airport has a short runway, reverse thrust is selected on the Pratt & Whitney JT8Ds as the aircraft is over the treshold to ensure a stop before the trees that are clearly visible at the end of the landing strip. The highlight, however, must be the stunning air-to-air sequence of the Caravelle at 1500ft over the beach near Libreville, filmed (somewhat courageously) by Jan Mogren from the open back door of GEX's Andover. For many, this video offers the only chance to see a Caravelle in action, and one in a far from mundane location. But for those already thinking of taking up the invitation of Capt Bob Sobek, GEX's owner, to visit Gabon and fly the Caravelle, this footage will spur them on to complete an expedition.

from AIRWAYS MAGAZINE

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Comments

Very interesting dvd on secondary local central african carrier. Unfortunatly with slightly bitter taste knowing that the airline has shut down operations since a fatal crash occured in june last year! This DVD gives great insight on the daily flight operations on airlines like this! Dangerous yes, but for the aviation enthousiast this great DVD is an absolute must!!!

Jeroen Bartstra, THAILAND

An interesting look at an aviation operation in Africa. Not to many CEO's are involved in day to day operations as this one is. Nice to see some approaches in to uncontrolled fields that us instrument private pilots can relate to. This is a must for anyone's collection! Scott Newman, USA

I can't stop loving classic aircraft, so this DVD was very interesting. It gave a fascinating insight to aviation in Central Africa. I can't believe some of the footage I have seen, such as when the HS.748 landed on a dirt strip with lots of people standing either side, just metres away! I love it when they take the baggage off the aircraft and dump it in wheelbarrows to take to the terminal, a tiny building - so different to Western countries. I will watch this many a time - many thanks, and keep up the good work! Hywel Phillips, UK

Of all the films in my collection, this is the most fascinating yet. I liked the steward with his cardboard box, and the luggage handlers with their wheelbarrows. Great stuff! Keep up the good work. Robert Apps, UK

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