A flying rally across Africa, from Crete to Cape Town, for aircraft built before the 31st December 1939.
This extraordinary race, a 2nd category event of the FAI, with vintage biplanes took off today from Sitia in Greece to a unique 8,000+ mile aviation adventure across Africa which will last until 17th December when the rally is scheduled to touch down in Cape Town, Africa.
With 20 international teams representing 17 countries the Crete2Cape edition of the Vintage Air Rally recreates the pioneering days of flight from the 1920s. The Rally tests the pilots skills and aircraft to the limit while raising funds for charity (UNICEF, Bird Life International, Seed Bombing). The teams are attempting the crossing of 10 countries in 37 stops and 35 days.
The teams will be travelling in a loose formation, meaning up to fifty miles between lead and tail-end Charlie in order to enhance both safety and enjoyment. Additionally, modern aeroplanes and helicopters will be functioning as support crew for the older machines.
With challenges and leader boards comparable to those used in the classic car rallies, the top team will win the VintageAirRally Trophy and the team showing "the most exemplary behaviour" will be rewarded with the Spirit of the Rally Trophy. This latter trophy will be awarded on the basis of a vote amongst all the teams.
Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights in the 1920s – the rally connects some of the most beautiful and evocative points in Africa and almost exactly recreating the 1931 Imperial Airways “Africa Route”. Follow this link for the route and rally’s live tracking.
Photo and video credits: Vintage Air Rally