Aircraft lands at Giza Pyramids as part of vintage air rally

Ahram Online , Monday 14 Nov 2016

This is the first plane to land at the Pyramids in decades

A vintage 1930 plane landed at the Pyramids of Giza on Sunday for the first time in 80 years as part of an international vintage air rally that Egypt is taking part in, state-news agency MENA reported.

The plane left the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh and flew to 6th of October city near the Pyramids in 150 minutes at a speed of 70 knots then landed at the famed site, the pilot Yasser El-Melissy said.

A show over the Nile River by planes participating in the rally will take place on Tuesday before they cross six other cities including the Red Sea resort of Hurghada and the ancient cities of Luxor and Aswan, El-Meliessy added during a press conference.

On Saturday, vintage biplanes took off from Sitia in Greece in an over 8,000-mile journey across Africa with a finish line in Cape Town on 17 December. 

Twenty teams from 17 nations will race across 10 countries over 35 days as part of the Crete2Cape edition of the Vintage Air Rally, The World Air Sports Federation said, who are responsible for arranging the race.

Each pilot will fly a single-engine biplane produced before 1939. 

The flying race is recreating African aviation of the 1920s.

Egypt's civil aviation ministry said in a statement earlier this week that the event would promote tourism in Egypt and send a message that the country is a safe destination.


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