National Geographic : 1941 Aug
Sir John Ward, D.S.O. Millions of Date Palms Spread over the Shatt-al-Arab Delta about Basra and Its International Airport Most dates in world trade move from here. Planes from London to India and Australia use this highly modernized airport. Flying boats alight inthe channel between long Coal Island and the landing field. Here you see the river flowing south, out of the picture's top, toward Abadan Island's oil refineries. The steamer in midstream lies just off Basra's water front. Old Basra proper lies to the right, inland from the water front (pages 175,180).