VintageAirRally Crete2Cape

12th November 2016, for five weeks.

An official event of The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom and The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale

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

Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights in the 1920s – we connected some of the most beautiful and evocative points in Africa. We flew 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 we went off again past Kilimanjaro into the Serengeti – and on to the spice island of Zanzibar. After a short pause we enjoyed the Indian ocean, we continued, crossed Zambia to Victoria Falls, before we continuied to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Our final days took us across Botswana and into stunning South Africa – to the Cape, journey’s end.

A rally such as this was never done before.

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

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

 

For the full itinerary please click on the link below:

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Crete2Cape crews

These adventurous aviators flew the length of the African continent fundraising for the African Vulture.
To find out more about BirdLife International, click here!

Canada

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7 SoCal Travel Air: Pedro
Travel Air 4000
NC 9048

USA

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11 Team Alaska: Nick & Lita
Travel Air 4000
N6263

South Africa

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3 O Team:  Mark & Lauren
DH82A Tiger Moth
ZS-DNP

USA

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8 Team Barnstormers: Keith & Colin
Travel Air 4000
N8708

Germany

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2 Amur Falcon:  Ingo & Bob
Bü 131 Bücker Jungmann
D-EEEK

USA

Ireland

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Did not finish
9 Eagle: Aharon & Yuval
Boeing Stearman
N999WY

United Kingdom

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4 Lotmead Tiger: John & Norman
Tiger Moth
G-BPHR

Belgium

France

IMG 0428 FotorRally completed
13 Frog & Kiwi: Cedric & Alexandra
Stampe
OO-GWB

Botswana

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5 Geezer & The Girl:  Brett & Sarah
DH82 Tiger Moth
A2-PIX

South Africa

ZSUKWRally completed
42: Courtney
Tiger Moth
ZS-UKW

Germany

RedWACORally completed
35 Team F&J: Fabian & Johann
WACO YMF5D
D-EDOP

United Kingdom

IMG 0450 FotorDid not finish
37: Martyn
Antonov AN2
SP-KTS

United Kingdom

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21 Helipaddy: Paddy & Sarah
R44 Robinson
G-RALA

Cyprus

20161010 155710squareRally completed
23 Boris & Yulia
R66 Robinson
N7021Z

UK

South Africa

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38: Graham
Cessna
G-JBRN

United Kingdom

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Disqualified
31 Liberty Girl II:  Maurice
PA J3L4 Piper Cub
G-KURK

Egypt

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41: Yasser
Cessna 172
N92MM

Germany

OMD10009Rally completed
36 WhiskyEcho: Wolf & Emily
Pipistrel Sinus
D-MYWE

USA

IMG 0078 FotorRally completed
34 Team BushCat: Steve & David
Cessna Grand Caravan EX
N248JP

USA

IMG 6719squareRally completed
32 Team BushCat: Paul & Robert
BushCat
N506PM

USA

IMG 6721squareRally completed
33 Team BushCat: Adam & Pasquale
BushCat
N507PM

Zimbabwe

IMG 0167 FotorDid not start
44: Ron 
Cessna 210A
ZWFK
Bushcat
Puma Energy
Land Rover

 


 

Great Britain
Randolph
Bermont Chronometers
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale

 


 

The Royal Aero Club
Serena Hotels
Pooleys
03 02 White Rose Aviation
Maurice Ward Group
03 05 Aeroclub of Egypt

 


 

Flying Smart
Helipaddy
uniglobe
Cappa
airforce
YB tracking

 


 

WhaleSong Hotel
Sticker You.com
berwicks
Prometheus
Green AirSport
Pro Format Hi-Rez

 


 

Turtle Pac
Skyserv Handling Services
Touring
Belgibo
Patchwork
Hayward

 


 

Vantage Point
Best western
Safety Jogger
EAD
Principle Print
Apollo Aircraft Maintenance

 


 

Stow Maries
Africa Sun Hotel
Meikles Hotel
The Victoria Falls Hotel
Wild Horizons
Ilala Lodge Hotel

 

Nile FM Logo
Vintage Wheels Egypt
Automobile & Touring Club of Egypt
Rexon Technologie
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority
Kenya Airports Authority

 

Jaz Collection
AMREF
Nature Kenya
Talos-logo
Thokozani-logo

 

Magical Kenya Logo
Tanzania
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Botswana Tourism

 


 

Our Travel Partners along the route:

Love Africa
7th Sense Travel
Abeba Tours Ethopia
Cosmorama
Inspiration of Zimbabwe
Italian Tourism

 

Monopoly Travel
Scenic Treasures
Takims Holidays

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The vintageairrally

The VintageAirRally was born out of a desire to take very old aircraft and do incredible journeys with them. The aim is to demonstrate that even many decades after construction they are still capable of achieving difficult and demanding routes – as they did in the early 20s and 30s. Where possible, we follow the original post and passenger routes across the continents that have always held fascination for travellers. Our travellers are equally important, and this is why the pilots flying the VintageAirRally events are carefully chosen to ensure they understand the difficulties ahead – and will tackle them with the determination (and sense of humour) they require to have any chance of success. On a VintageAirRally, the journey is as important as the destination. VintageAirRally specialise in long distance, intercontinental Rallies – but we also run smaller, more local events. These involve current classic car rallies in entirely interactive events, where the aircraft and cars are in competition – a unique formula bringing something brand new to the very old.


We’re now accepting applications for free places on the Ushuaia2USA, please click here for more information.

Rallies

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Montreal

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Belgium

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USA

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Ushuaia2USA

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Coast2coast

Contact

For more information please feel free to send us an email or just give us a call.

Phone: +32 2 880 21 54
Fax: +32 2 880 03 50
Email: info@vintageairrally.com

For Press Enquiries, please contact Jeremy Martin
Email: jeremy@vintageairrally.com