Here is the best use of science I have seen in a long, long time...|
The tower assigned me runway 22 for my departure from Cairo, which pointed me to the southwest and toward the Nile River. Not the direction I wanted in the end, but the appropriate one for the wind conditions at the time.
Immediately after takeoff, the tower operator instructed me to change radio frequencies and contact the departure controller who would use his radar system to help me avoid other air traffic in the area.
The departure controller identified me on his radar screen and asked if I would like to see the Pyramids.
"Roger on the Pyramids," I replied.
He came back immediately with, "Maintain Runway Heading. This will be a Radar Vector to the Pyramids."
Moments later the Pyramids appeared before me. Five thousand years of history collapsed into minutes as modern technology steered me to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The Pyramids of Egypt, built during the 4th Dynasty (circa 2680-c.2544 BC) are the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one remaining intact today. The largest of the three, known as the Great Pyramid of Khufu, was made of approximately 2.3 million blocks of stone, each weighing an average of 2.5 tons. Located in Giza, on the west bank of the Nile River, near Cairo, the Pyramids remain one of the engineering marvels of all time.