Seeing Libya, from surface to air!

September 7, 2011

Blog Guy, I could use some of your famous travel advice. With Libya being in the news lately I’d love to go see it, but I’m concerned about getting around. I’m not even sure how to get there. I’ll be starting my trip in Mexico, so I need to get…

From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli? No problem. Libya is already building up tourism, and offers fast, efficient ways to get from place to place, using the thousands of  unused missiles littering the country.

This happy family in the photo above is about to start their Libyan adventure, and they’ll see all the sights while cruising at a brisk 4,500 miles per hour. Sit down and buckle up, kids, we’re ready for takeoff!

That looks neat. Do they let you listen to your iPod on the flight?

Sure thing, but you should turn it on about 20 minutes before takeoff. Otherwise your music won’t catch up with you, what with traveling six times the speed of sound.

I love it when you make science simple, Blog Guy. How about the airports? Is it easy to tell where flights are going?

They’re all going the same place. Surface-to-Air.

One other thing. Sometimes I’m a bit queasy when I fly. What if I lose my lunch while I’m hanging on to that missile?

That happens a lot, and it’s so normal there’s a name for it. You’ve heard of projectile vomiting?

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Anti-Gaddafi fighters on an SA-5 SAM missile in Burkan air defense military base, which was destroyed by a NATO air strike, September 1, 2011.

REUTERS photos by Goran Tomasevic

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Ahhhh, gratuitous plug for the US Marine Corps. Thanks BG. Now where do I buy tickets?

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Your money’s no good here, Marine. As a regular OE blog commenter you can board early and sit right up there at the point.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Farokh and the boys got halfway home before they realised that their mother may not be so happy with what they bought at the ‘Crazy Dictatorial Leader’s Imperial Palace and Weapons of Mass Destruction Factory’ gift shop.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

The new ‘Libya Collection’ was unveiled yesterday using an old missile as a catwalk.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Did Kate Winslet ride one of these in “Carnage”? I’ve heard about her projectile vomiting…

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

It’s time for a haiku:

Fly on a missile
Go six times the speed of sound
Best vacation yet

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Lol Spin, I heard that too.. and it seems it was a laugh doing it. Now, I wonder how that could be possible..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

They’d certainly feel the flow :)

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Hey, Dave, if you can unseat Gilligan, I get the seat right behind you!

Semper Fi, Do or Die!

Which might be mentioned in the run up of our missile ride! However, replacing ‘Do’ with ‘And’ might be a bit more realistic…

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

Two other items to note: 1) If the air defense base was “destroyed” by a NATO airstrike, they sure didn’t do a very good job. (All your base are belong to us does NOT come to mind.) 2) Never play with the fuse. Not a good idea in any circumstance.

Hop on Unca, we’ll be like Slim Pickens – in reverse.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Are they getting Slim Pickens to pilot that thing?

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

Dave and jclimacus, great minds… I actually found a shot of that scene and was going to use it in the post, but then decided there was enough humor already without going back to a 1960s movie… Still, well done.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

looks like the Libyan Men’s Gymnastic team is practicing really hard. Unfortunately, balance beam is not a men’s event.

Is Lamar their coach?

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Thanks Blog Guy, but I’m sure your readers would love to know that movie reference so they could check it out for themselves :-D

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

@Shra: Kate was laughing it up…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

BG: when I sign in on this blog, I get to read the US version. When I sign in for the Miss Universe blog, I get sent to the UK version. Is there something you aren’t telling us about just where the Surface to Air flight is, um, landing? Please don’t say you let Lamar progam the flight plan!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

If I were on the Miss Universe blog site, I might mention how nice it is of the last Samba lass to expose her neck to the guy with the chainsaw. Is she hoping the chain will snarl in her huge earring and send the chain flying back at him?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Awww look they finally put the SA-5 SAM missle jungle gym in the playground!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

“ACME Travel, how may I help you?”

Posted by Billl | Report as abusive