November 16, 2016 - 845 views
During 35 days, participants from 18 different nations will be flying vintage biplanes from the 1920's and 30's across Africa, from the Island of Crete to the Vineyards of Cape Town. The teams will cover a 13,000 km or 8,078 mile route across 10 countries.
Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights in the 1920's – Vintage Air Rally will 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, they continue, crossing Zambia to Victoria Falls, before continuing to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. The final days will take the teams into, and across, stunning South Africa – to the Cape, journey’s end.
The VintageAirRally Crete2Cape departs Crete on the 12th November, arriving in Cape Town five weeks later. Recreating the African aviation of the 1920s – The VintageAirRally follows in the slipstream of the early pioneers.
One of the first stops was Egypt's Pyramids, where permission was granted for an aircraft to land at the ancient site for the first time in 80 years.
Belgian husband and wife pilots Alexandra Maingard, left and her husband Cedric Collete in front of the Pyramids - AFP
During the rally, pilots will face some extreme weather conditions in their open cockpits. But the stunning views over Africa will probably make it totally worth it.
Good luck to all the participating teams!
Vintage Air Rally
You can also track them live as they fly across Africa here.