'Wings over the Wilderness' provides an in-depth account of an adventure undertaken by seven De Havilland aircraft across South Africa, Botswana and Zambia in 2011.
These aircraft, manufactured in the 1930s, traversed some incredible terrain, an experience which was noted by one pilot as a "modern Out of Africa". 'Wings over the Wilderness' is a re-enactment of the pioneering individuals who made their journeys across Africa during the heyday of aviation exploration in open cockpit biplanes, similar to the ones used in this trip.
-by Courtney Watson
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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.