Monday, November 21, 2016

vintage aircraft rally from Crete to Cape Town

A biplane lands at the Giza pyramids in Egypt; the first time an aircraft was allowed to land at the historic Egyptian site in 80 years.

With 22 aircraft and crews from different countries.

According to the website: "A flying rally across Africa, from Crete to Cape Town, for aircraft built before 31 December 1939.

"Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights in the 1920s – we’ll connect some of the most beautiful and evocative points in Africa. Flying low along the Nile from Cairo to Khartoum, past the highlands of Ethiopia before the plains of Kenya and the home of African aviation in Nairobi. Then off again past Kilimanjaro into the Serengeti – and on to the spice island of Zanzibar. After a short pause to enjoy the Indian ocean, we continue, crossing Zambia to Victoria Falls, before continuing to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Our final days take us across Botswana and into stunning South Africa – to the Cape, journey’s end.

"A rally such as this has not been done before. Ever.

"Throughout we will be staying in a wide variety of locations, from 5* hotels to tented camps (and everything in between). Obligatory equipment will include a sleeping bag, full black tie and a beginners guide to Swahili (all three items will be needed at some stage or another, perhaps simultaneously!).

"There will be trials and tribulations, mechanical and human stress – all in stunning visual settings. The support aircraft (both aeroplanes and helicopters) will be busy keeping the show in the air (and perhaps helping the vintage aeroplanes that have made precautionary landings here, there and everywhere)."

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