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Ecuador: Into Shell Mera


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Our departure airstrip is somewhere in the jungles of Ecuador. These remote strips are still today sometimes used by Douglas DC-3 airplanes. As we will get our DC-3 only in November, we use the equally capable Ju-52 to ferry to these areas badly needed supplies.


Shell Mera is a small city located on the western edge of the Ecuadorian Amazon and in the eastern foothills of the Andes. It is located about 94 miles (151 km) southeast of Quito. Its name comes from the Royal Dutch Shell corporation. Shell Mera was established in 1937 as a Shell Oil Company base. The base consisted of little more than several basic shacks and a 5,000-foot (1,500 m) airstrip. It was operated as part of Shell's prospecting efforts in the region.





























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23 hours ago, TigerTigerM said:

Nice set of images!

You refer to a DC-3. Was that the one we thought was coming in 2021?:)


Thanks, TT, hahaha, yes that's the one :)


22 hours ago, paulb said:

An excellent set Bernd. I like the reflections in your sixth shot :).

Thank you Paul


21 hours ago, carlosqr said:

Very nice shots

I have not explore in depth Ecuador



Thank you, Carlos, the whole continent is so huge, (as you know better than anyone else here :)) it would take a lifetime to explore just parts of it. But for me most impressive is this huge Amazon area


21 hours ago, Sniper31 said:

Sounds and looks like a very adventurous flight Bernd. Great back story and flight plan map too! Lots of great images here.

Many thanks Landon


20 hours ago, Iain Emms said:

Grand set of shots indeed 



Thank you kindly, Iain


18 hours ago, andiflyit said:

Very nice and interesting set Bernd! :)

I'm glad you like it, Andreas



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14 hours ago, adambar said:

Wonderful set of shots Bernd . :)

Many thanks, Adam


11 hours ago, wain71 said:

great shots Bernd...

Thanks a lot, Wayne


4 hours ago, Jack Sawyer said:

Wow Bernd!  These look like they're right out of an Indiana Jones movie.  Very nice.

Hahaha, thank you very much, my friend

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