Thorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 16 hours ago) and read 10664 times:
In the book "The Looming Tower" by Lawrence Wright it is described as an "old soviet Tupolev transport plane" chartered by the Sudanese government. (End of chapter 12, page 279 in the German version of the book.)
Burkhard From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 4397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 13 hours ago) and read 10383 times:
A simple Google search shows this document to still be online by a not too dubious source:
Private planes owned by rich princes in the Gulf fly frequently between Quetta and the Emirates, often on luxurious "hunting trips" in territories sympathetic to Bin Laden. Other sources confirm that these hunting trips have provided opportunities for Saudi contacts with the Taliban and terrorists, since they first began in 1994.
Tharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1865 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 hours ago) and read 10134 times:
Quoting Thorben (Reply 2): In the book "The Looming Tower" by Lawrence Wright it is described as an "old soviet Tupolev transport plane" chartered by the Sudanese government. (End of chapter 12, page 279 in the German version of the book.)
I'll take that as the answer. Thank you.
As to SW733, I also assumed he was rich enough to have had a private jet. If he did, I wonder what's come of it.
May 18, 1996: Sudan Expels Bin Laden; US Fails to Stop His Flight to Afghanistan
After pressure from the US (see March-May 1996), the Sudanese government asks bin Laden to leave the country. He decides to go to Afghanistan. He departs along with many other al-Qaeda members, plus much money and resources. Bin Laden flies to Afghanistan in a C-130 transport plane with an entourage of about 150 men, women, and children, stopping in Doha, Qatar, to refuel, where governmental officials greet him warmly. [Los Angeles Times, 9/1/2002; Coll, 2004, pp. 325]
So someone's C-130... could you get 150 people on a C130? The specs say 92 pax.
Soon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 hours ago) and read 6876 times:
I once had to photograph a Lear 35 down in Amarillo Texas that was one of the Bin Ladens aircraft. So they apparently have some birds of their own at least under the Corporate Bin Laden name whatever that may be...j
N14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2707 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 hours ago) and read 6787 times:
Quoting Soon7x7 (Reply 11): I once had to photograph a Lear 35 down in Amarillo Texas that was one of the Bin Ladens aircraft. So they apparently have some birds of their own at least under the Corporate Bin Laden name whatever that may be...j
You are referring to the jets of the Bin Laden family. But I doubt he was allowed to use one of them in the year 1996.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25300 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (4 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3647 times:
Quoting Tharanga (Reply 15): i do feel bad for his family members who honestly don't have any connection to him- must be rather awkward to have that family name now.
Yeslam, one of Osama's older (by 6 years) half-brothers (same father, different mother -- his father had over 50 children by about 25 wives) has lived in GVA for about 25 years and is very westernized. He also studied in the U.S. He is a pilot and used to fly his own Learjet. Not sure if he still has it. There was an article about him 2 or 3 years ago in a GVA newspaper showing him flying the Learjet on a business trip in Europe..
The U.S. NBC network did a a lengthy interview of him a few years ago in GVA (2004 I think) where he comments on the problems the name has caused him. He spells his last name "Binladin". http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5403841
The video is in two parts. The link to the second part is about half way down the first page which I think is a transcript of all or most of the interview.