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|Summary:||Vintage plane rally along Africa's coast ends|
|Date:||16/12/2016 15:23 PM|
Nearly a dozen vintage biplanes completed a month-long journey down the length of Africa and landed in Stellenbosch near Cape Town on Friday.
The biplanes, many of them built in the 1920s, completed the final leg of the Vintage Air Rally.
They survived detention in Ethiopia, an emergency landing in Kenya and two searches for a British retiree who flew off radar during their 8,000-mile (12,800-kilometre) adventure.
The rally rumbled to a start in Crete on November 12, with the aim of following in the footsteps of pioneering flights in the 1920s.
The route took the pilots along some of the most evocative points in Africa, including a low flight along the Nile from Cairo to Khartoum in Sudan, and past the continent's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.
The organisers, Belgian flight safari company Prepare2go, said the only obligatory equipment for the journey was a sleeping bag, full black tie dress for meeting dignitaries along the way and a beginners' guide to Swahili.
The planes, which were supported by more modern planes and helicopters, did not always have a smooth flight.
On November 25, pilots were detained in Ethiopia for entering the east African country's airspace illegally because of a breakdown in communications, with authorities not informed in time of their arrival.
The pilots were held in the town of Gambella, where there is a high military presence due to tensions with neighbouring South Sudan.
The rally was suspended while diplomats scrambled to secure the release of the pilots and crew.
Several days later, organisers said the pilots received the all-clear to continue their journey.
The planes, one of which was flown by the actor Robert Redford's character in the movie "Out of Africa," were cheered by spectators as they flew low over a national park in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
One plane was not as lucky.
Irishman John Ordway and his daughter Isabella escaped uninjured after their 1930s Boeing Stearman made a forced landing on the way to Nairobi after engine failure.
Organisers said the crew was not injured, although the aircraft was "irreparably damaged."
Another pilot, 72-year-old Maurice Kirk from Great Britain, had no satellite tracking nor working compass in his 1943 Piper Cub and went missing for two days between Sudan and Ethiopia.
He was later found to be among the pilots detained in Ethiopia.
It was the second time during the rally he had gone missing, prompting organisers to ask him to withdraw due to a "mismatch in expectations."
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa - 16 December 2016
1. Pilot preparing his plane in Plettenberg Bay to fly to Stellenbosch
2. Pilot putting fuel into plane
3. Interior of one of the planes
4. Various of propellers of planes starting up
5. Pilot in the cockpit ready to take off
6. Planes flying overhead – heading to Stellenbosch
7. View from cockpit with the bonnet of the plane in sight and a wide view of the ocean and coastline
8. Pilot flying a support plane
9. Aerial over the coastline on the way to Stellenbosch from Plettenberg Bay
Stellenbosch, South Africa - 16 December 2016
10. Three planes arriving
11. Tiger moth vintage airplane touching down
12. Vintage air rally pilot, Johannes Schaesberg, getting out of tiger moth
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Johannes Schaesberg, Vintage air rally pilot:
"We had the chance to surround the Cape and go all the way back up. It was great. It was a fantastic flight It was one of the best flights we've done so far."
14. Pilot getting out of her plane UPSOUND (English) "What a beautiful country"
15. Pilot pushing her plane into place
16. Plane with name on it reading (English) "Heather Feather"
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Oostingh, Vintage air rally pilot:
"If you can get one of these to fly 8,000 nautical miles and still be going well at the end, I think that is the achievement."
18. Oostingh with his tiger moth plane and members of the public taking photos
19. Various of plane arriving
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Pedro Langdon, Vintage air rally pilot:
"This is a 1928 travel-air. So it's 88-some years old and has a birthday coming up in December."
21. Langdon on the wing of his plane
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Pedro Langdon, Vintage air rally pilot:
"For me I guess the highlight too, besides Victoria Falls, was Ngorongoro, up at the top of the crater, landing there. So It was the oldest airplane to ever have landed at the top of the elevation area and the oldest to take off too.. yeah… so I have the African record I guess."
23. Vintage air rally pilot, Keith Kossuth in cockpit after landing
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Keith Kossuth, Vintage air rally pilot:
"126 hours to fly here from England. Yeah, it is pretty amazing."
25. Plane on runway
26. SOUNDBITE (English) Emily Gemmingem, Vintage air rally pilot:
"We landed at the pyramids, just by the pyramids, and that has not been done for 80 years. So that's one of the highlights of the trip."
27. Plane on the runway
|Summary:||Vintage biplanes pass Pyramids on way to SAfrica|
|Date:||13/11/2016 17:04 PM|
More than a dozen aircraft took part in the 2016 Vintage Air Rally on Sunday, with the pyramids of Giza providing a unique backdrop.
The rally started on the Greek island of Crete on Saturday and will go on until December 17, when the rally is scheduled to touchdown in Cape Town, South Africa.
Egypt is one of many stops on the route of the Crete2Cape Vintage Air Rally, which will cover 13,000 kilometres (8,078 miles) across 10 countries.
As well as Greece, Egypt and South Africa, the route includes stops in Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
The rally's biplanes were the first group of aircraft to have permission to land at Egypt's pyramids in 80 years.
Around 20 international teams representing 17 countries are taking part in the rally.
The teams hail from various countries including the United States, Britain, France, and Germany.
Giza - 13 November 2016
1. Biplane passing between pyramids
2. Biplane passing over heads of spectators
3. Biplane landing
4. Pilots preparing to disembark biplane
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Cedric Collette, Belgian pilot:
"This vintage air rally is a wonderful opportunity to recreate what the great pilots of the years 20 (1920s) have done in the past, and it's now also for us an opportunity to discover this wonderful continent (Africa) and of course this wonderful country and this site in particular - the pyramids of Egypt. It is just absolutely fantastic."
6. Pilots standing next to biplane, pyramids in the background
7. Biplane taking off and flying overhead
|Summary:||Vintage planes land in Kenya en route to SAfrica|
|Date:||27/11/2016 13:31 PM|
Ten international teams involved in a vintage aircraft rally which started in Crete and aims to cross into South Africa landed in Kenya on Sunday.
The planes flew low over a national park in the capital, Nairobi, as spectators cheered.
Aiming to travel a total of more than 8,000 miles (12,874 kilometres) in airplanes from the 1920s, the challenge is raising funds for wildlife and other charity projects.
The teams are attempting to cross 10 countries in 35 days, with 37 stops.
The Vintage Air Rally bills itself as a "flying rally across Africa, from Crete to Cape Town," for planes built in the early 20th century.
Before the rally's Kenya leg, the pilots of around 20 vintage biplanes were detained in Ethiopia for allegedly entering Ethiopian airspace illegally.
They were later released.
Adam Maritz, who flew a non-vintage support plane, said he hopes the show will influence young people "to go into aviation and to start exploring".
Nairobi National Park - 27 November 2016
1. Various of vintage aircraft make low dives over spectators, people ducking and children cheering
2. Various of vintage aircraft flying over Nairobi National Park
3. Pull out of zebra-striped vintage aircraft piloted by Adam Maritz landing
4. Various of Maritz with aircraft
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Adam Maritz, Vintage aircraft pilot:
"Not a lot of people have done it and not a lot of people are gonna do it so its an amazing experience, once in a lifetime experience. I'm gonna remember it for the rest of my life and I'm gonna talk about it for the rest of my life, so yeah."
6. Zebra-striped aircraft
7. Nairobi skyline
8. Number on zebra-striped aircraft
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Adam Maritz, Vintage aircraft pilot:
"Well, first we got the fundraiser for the wildlife and that's very, very important and second I hope they will influence the younger generation to go into aviation and to start exploring, and be a little bit more into the aviation industry and have fun with it because it's an amazing experience and I think that human beings are not meant to be flying, and you do get people that are flying and it's amazing, yeah."
12. Vintage aircraft being flown
|Summary:||Vintage biplanes leave Crete for Cape Town|
|Date:||12/11/2016 12:27 PM|
Twenty vintage biplanes from around the world departed the Greek island of Crete on Saturday for a five-week flying rally across Africa.
The 'Crete2Cape Vintage Air Rally' is an attempt to recreate the pioneering African aviation feats of the 1920s.
The planes will make 42 stops across Africa before ending their trip in Cape Town.
The first leg - over the Mediterranean and into Egypt - is the longest and most dangerous part of the journey, taking approximately three hours.
The biplanes will then fly 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, according to the official website.
Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana are also included in the journey.
Some of pilots are also concerned about the possibility of unexpectedly needing to land in some of the "political hotspots" throughout Africa.
The event was organised by The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom and The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).
Sitia, Crete - 12 November 2016
1. Botswana team biplane taking off
2. Wide of biplanes queuing up on runway to take off
3. Various of Pedro, biplane pilot, fixing his engine
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Pedro (last name not available), biplane pilot from Canada:
"Flew through France, which I never would have done before so I got to experience all that, which is wonderful but when I looked at the maps that Keith was showing me for Crete2Cape adventure, they had names that I had seen in Indiana Jones and Arabian Nights, and those kind of things, and I said 'wow where are these places?' I just know them as names, in books and I have the chance to actually fly over top of them and that's what captivated (me) yeah I think that would be kind of fun and meeting great people along the way. So as much as I can I'll give rides or enjoyment of the airplane and share that with anybody that I come into contact with."
5. Pedro's plane taking off
6. Wide of biplanes taking off
7. Biplane flying
8. Wide of Sitia runway and airport
|Summary:||Vintage biplanes take to the skies over Crete|
|Date:||11/11/2016 17:32 PM|
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Sitia, Crete - 11 November 2016
1. Close of cockpit at take off
2. Biplane taking off from the air
3. Close of cockpit with airport in the background
4. Various of biplanes flying
5. Various of American pilot pushing his biplane away from parking position
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sam Rutherford, Event Director, Crete2Cape Vintage Air Rally:
"Probably the biggest danger in fact the very first flight from Crete across the Mediterranean to Egypt. It's the longest and obviously the flight is entirely over water. So I know the crews are very worried about that. And then once we are into Africa we have a few political hotspots, some areas that are not entirely under government control, so again those are also areas where it be better if the engine didn't stop. In terms of the organisational difficulties probably our biggest one is making sure that right fuel is in each location on time where it is supposed to be."
7. Various of crowd looking at the planes
8. Rally logo on Belgian biplane
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Cedric Collette, pilot from Belgium:
"The objective of our participation to this rally, my wife's and mine, is of course the adventure, and the discovery of the African continent. It's something very important for us for many years now, and it's something that we want to do together because my wife is also a pilot."
10. Biplane wheel on tarmac
11. Biplanes in row with engines running
12. Botswana pilot, Sarah Meehan in cockpit
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Sarah Meehan, 23 year old from pilot Botswana, flies with her father:
"It is really exciting. I've taken six months from university to do this and I have never been to northern Africa, never flown over the sea, so lots of new things for me."
14. Various of ex airliner pilot, Ingo Presser talking with crew mate
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Ingo Presser, Ex airliner pilot/Pilot with a German crew:
"If you are an airline pilot and you really like to fly, flying an airliner isn't flying, you are operating a machine which flies. But this machine, you fly and you sit in it and it is just an extension of your arms and legs, and you become one with the airplane. I guess that's as good as I can explain it to you."
16. Various of Botswana biplane going to the runway and taking off
17. Control tower
18. Biplane flying over the airstrip
Biplanes from around the world gathered in Sitia in the Greek Islands on Friday, preparing to begin the Crete2Cape Vintage Air Rally.
On Saturday, 20 aircraft will depart Crete before making 42 stops across Africa and arriving in Cape Town five weeks later.
The rally is an attempt to recreate the pioneering African aviation feats of the 1920s.
The old aircraft are not without their challenges, but for some of the pilots, this is what makes it most interesting.
The first leg over the Mediterranean to Egypt is the longest and most dangerous part of the journey, taking approximately three hours.
A number of the pilots are also concerned about unexpectedly needing to land in some of the "political hotspots" throughout Africa.
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