Feature of the Month - May 2014

Iraqi Airways - 1954


(image copyright Bjorn Larsson, www.timetableimages.com)

 

Iraqi Airways was founded in 1945 as a department of the Iraqi State Railways and started operating on 28 January 1946 using five de Havilland DH.89a 'Dragon Rapides' on a service to Syria.  With the help of the British Overseas Airways Corporation, the new airline ordered three Vickers 'Viking' aircraft.  While waiting for the 'Vikings' to be delivered, the airline leased four Douglas DC-3 aircraft from BOAC in December 1946.  In 1947 Iraqi Airways ordered the de Havilland DH.104 'Dove' to replace the 'Dragon Rapides' and the 'Doves' were delivered in October 1947.  The three new 'Vikings' were delivered at the end of 1947 and the DC-3s were returned to BOAC, a fourth 'Viking' was bought second-hand.

The times for these domestic flights are taken from the April 1954 timetable available at the excellent www.timetableimages.com

All these routes were operated by either de Havilland 'Doves' or Vickers 'Vikings' but you can always use the early DC-3s leased from BOAC.

Baghdad Cairo ('Viking')

Heading

Distance

IA001

City Name

ICAO

IA002

Heading

Distance

270

0.0

1415

Baghdad

ORBS

1625

-

388.1

231

388.1

1635

Damascus

OSDI

1300

086

326.7

-

326.7

1855

Cairo

HECA

1000

048

0.0

Baghdad Tehran ('Viking')

Heading

Distance

IA004

City Name

ICAO

IA003

Heading

Distance

062

0.0

0700

Baghdad

ORBS

1235

-

379.1

-

379.1

0945

Tehran

OIII

1045

245

0.0

Baghdad Beirut ('Viking')

Heading

Distance

IA005

City Name

ICAO

IA006

Heading

Distance

273

0.0

0700

Baghdad

ORBS

1350

-

439.8

-

439.8

1000

Beirut

OLBA

1100

088

0.0

Baghdad Aleppo ('Dove')

Heading

Distance

IA009

City Name

ICAO

IA010

Heading

Distance

340

0.0

0800

Baghdad

ORBS

1815

-

191.2

266

191.2

1010

Mosul

OR0X

1640

159

285.9

-

285.9

1140

Aleppo

OSAP

1300

083

0.0

Baghdad Bahrain ('Viking')

Heading

Distance

IA011

City Name

ICAO

IA012

Heading

Distance

128

0.0

0730

Baghdad

ORBS

1840

-

237.6

165

237.6

0940

Basrah

ORMM

1700

311

80.7

138

80.7

1050

Kuwait

OKBK

1530

346

227.8

-

227.8

1320

Bahrain

OBBI

1420

319

0.0

 

Flight Simulator Files

There are Iraqi Airways paint schemes for Rick Piper's Vickers 'Viking' (iq_vkngs_11.zip) and are available from flightsim.com.  These work in FS9 and FSX with DX2, but have the usual prop / cloud issues.
The Rick Piper Vickers 'Viking' is available from cbfsim at http://www.cbfsim.co.uk/cbfs_lib/thumbnails.php?album=30
A Vickers 'Viking' by Jens Kristensen is also available for both FS9 and FSX (Viking_10.zip and Viking_10x.zip) from flightsim.com.
The de Havilland DH.104 'Dove' (dh104v2.zip) is available for FS9 and FSX at flightsim.com.  Although there is not an Iraqi Airways scheme, the green Channel Airways scheme is similar.

 

 

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