More than 50 light aircraft took part in the Kenya Flying Safari, the air rally held over a triangular course in the East African country on September 12 and 13, 1970.
More than 50 light aircraft took part in the Kenya Flying Safari, the air rally held over a triangular course in the East African country on September 12 and 13, 1970. The entrants were flagged off for the fourth consecutive year by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Bernard Hinga.
In addition, Mr Hinga made history by taking part in the event. An assistance police commissioner, Mr "Punch" Bearcroft of the Kenya Police Air Wing, had invited his chief, a student pilot, to fly with him.
This year's Flying Safari was notable also for the growing number of African pilots talking part, some of them private entries, others sponsored by the Kenya Air Force.
The 350-mile(560 km) course for the seventh annual Flying Safari lay between the capital, Nairobi, and the holiday resort of Malindi, on the coast.
SYNOPSIS: Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, is one of the busiest airfields in the world. It is also the home of the Flying Safari, a popular event among East African pilots of all races. The contest was inspired by the Success of the East African Safari, the tough motor rally which is recognised for the world championship. Many of East Africa's top drivers are also stars of the Flaying Safari. The air rally course starts and finishes in the Kenya capital and takes in Malindi, a popular coastal resort 350 miles away.
The competing aircraft were flagged away for the fourth consecutive year by Kenya's Commissioner of Police, Mr Bernard Hinga. But Mr Hinga went one better this year - he also competed in the event. He's a keen student pilot. and one of the country's expatriate policemen, "Punch" Bearcroft, an assistant commissioner with the Police Air Wing, invited his chief to complete with him. Two African chief inspectors from the Police Air Wing were in another entry. The Flying Safari, the seventh in the series, was notable for the number of African pilots talking part. Officers from the Kenya Air Force, who have scored several successes in previous Safaris, again showed their skill.
A warm welcome awaited the leading aircraft home. Local pilots Ross and McLellan finished first in a Cherokee. African flyers who did well included Robin Edonyu and Charles Njuki and two Kenya Air Force entrants, Lieutenants Didachus Diego and Danson Kamotho.