Three British undergraduate students made history Sept 19 flying from London to Katmandu a 3-seater Austor named 'Nargis' (the noted Indian films actress) in 60 flying hours.
Austar into parking bay
Halts, crew alight
Crowd collets round peep into aircraft; women from nearby villages join crowd, biy dons pilots head-phone
Refuelling of plane
Crew members walk out
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Background: Three British undergraduate students made history Sept 19 flying from London to Katmandu a 3-seater Austor named 'Nargis' (the noted Indian films actress) in 60 flying hours.
The three students are: David Lomax (22) captain of the flight of Brasenose College Oxford; Dermot Boyle (22) navigator, of Hertford College, Oxford; and John Brown, co-pilot, of Christ College, Cambridge.
They took off from Oxford Sept 5 and arrived at Katmandu Sept 19. In 14 days they travelled through England, France, Italy, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Persia, Pakistan, India and to Nepal.
The flight is sponsored by Woverhampton's Express & Star. This is the first time an Austar, and for that matter a plane of this size and power, has flown from England to Nepal, flying distance of just over 6000 miles.
They plan to fly to Pokhra valley, 40 minutes Dakota flight from here and are trying for permission to fly over Hillary's expedition to drop a message from the aur.