Vintage 1930’s biplanes fly past the pyramids of Giza during epic five week rally
Photos have been shared that show a dozen vintage biplanes flying past the pyramids of Giza this week during the Egyptian leg of an epic five-week rally that sees a fleet flying from Crete to Cape Town.
The journey is part of the Vintage Air Rally Crete2Cape project, which sees groups of international pilots following in the footsteps of pioneering flights and recreating African aviation journeys from the 1920s.
The trip will see pilots flying low along the Nile from Cairo to Khartoum, passing the highlands of Ethiopia before going over the Kenyan plains. The route will also take the pilots past Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti and the spice islands of Zanzibar before finishing at the Cape of South Africa in 30 days' time.
Fourteen international teams from places such as Germany, Canada, USA, Ireland, South Africa, Botswana, UK and Cyprus are currently undertaking the 8000-mile trip, all in planes that were built before 31 December 1939. This week saw the teams refuelling on the plains of Egypt before taking in stunning views of one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the pyramids of Giza.