Vintage bi-planes will travel 8,000+ mile on a unique aviation adventure across Africa. There are a number of teams from across the world taking part in the 'Vintage Air Rally' (VAR). It will recreate the pioneering days of flight from the 1920s testing the pilots skills and aircraft to the limit while raising funds for charity. The teams are attempting the crossing of 10 countries in 37 stops and 35 days and joining them will be the bi-plane feature in the 'Out of Africa' movie. .
|Pedro Langdon, Canada flies his Travel Air 4000 past Lancing College, Sussex, England in prepartion for the 8,000 mile Vintage Air Rally across Africa 10 Oct 2016 (Photo Worldreach)|
Other human interest points to note:
- Participants will be sleeping on the sand by the Nubian pyramids in Sudan, under wing in tents in South Africa, on river boats on the Nile in southern Egypt.
- They will be engaging with local schools at many locations that are doing projects and competitions about the Rally. Some competition winners will be taken flying!
- Oldest plane is 88 years old, oldest pilot is 72 years old and youngest pilot is 18 years old.
- There are two Father and daughter teams, a father and son team, an entire family team, husbands and wives, buddies and solo!
The official launch of the Vintage Air Rally took place on October 11th in London, UK
Here are some links to media coverage we achieved:
Voice of America French http://www.voaafrique.c
om/a/grande-bretagne-avions-bi plan-route-pour-long-survol-af rique-du-sud/3545347.html
Tages Spiegel http://video.tagesspie
eNews Channel Africa. http://www.enca.com/li
on.fr/depeches/2016/10/11/des- avions-biplan-en-route-pour-un -long-survol-de-l-afrique-a-l- ancienne_1521338
Le Parisien http://www.leparisien
.fr/insolite/des-avions-biplan -en-route-pour-un-long-survol- de-l-afrique-a-l-ancienne-11-1 0-2016-6195093.php
TV Monde 5
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Il Sole 24 Ore (Italian national daily business newspaper) http://stream24.ils
ole24ore.com/video/mondo/sulle -ali-storia-12-biplani-volo-at traverso-africa/ADDOS2aB?refre sh_ce=1
l.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3832 433/Vintage-biplanes-prepare-j ourney-length-Africa.html
MSN German http://www.msn.com/de-c
h/video/promi-news/über-den-wo lken-flieger-rallye-in-afrika/ vp-BBxihjf
MSN English https://www.msn.com/en
-gb/news/other/vintage-biplane s-prepare-journey-across-afric a/vi-BBxilCO
The Sun http://www.thesun.ie/irish
sol/homepage/news/7246395/Head ing-Out-of-Africa-Brave-Irish- pilot-flying-13000km-to-Cape-T own-in-flight-endurance-challe nge.html
Bangkok Post http://www.bangkokpost.co
m/news/world/1107925/vintage-b iplanes-prepare-for-journey-th e-length-of-africa
Times South Africa http://www.timeslive.co