The 1973 Kenya Flying Safari get under way at Nairobi's Wilson Airport on Saturday (13 September), with twenty-eight entrants taking to the sky in light aircraft.
SV Parked aircraft
CU Programme PAN UP TO officials
CU Aircraft No. I pushed out onto grass
CU Kenya Police competitor looking at map
CU Competitors examining route map
MV Commissioner of Police flags off aircraft No. 1
MVs Aircraft No. 2 signalled to starting point and away (2 shots)
CU Commissioner flags off No. 3
CU Nosewheel of aircraft, PULL BACK TO MV Aircraft No. 5
CU Aircraft No. 7 taxiing
MV No. 9 taking off and away
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Background: The 1973 Kenya Flying Safari get under way at Nairobi's Wilson Airport on Saturday (13 September), with twenty-eight entrants taking to the sky in light aircraft.
The two-day event, sponsored by two major oil companies, featured 800-pounds in prize money, a prize flight from Nairobi to Athens and sixteen trophies.
The Air Safari was divided into three sections -- on Saturday, a navigational test; and the following day, a series of transport exercised and a cross-country speed trial.
The first day's flying -- from Nairobi to Malindi -- was on a route inclosed to the competitors only just before take-off. The aim was to test navigational skills.
After staying overnight at Malindi, the pilots were to compete in several different exercises, including the mock bombing of a ground target.
The aircraft were due back at Wislon Airport in Nairobi around noon on Sunday, and after lunch, there were acrobatic displays for spectators.
The Flying Safari was climaxed on Sunday afternoon with a cross-country speed trial in which aircraft were handicapped and entrants flew about three laps of 20 to 30 miles (32 to 48 kms) along the course.
For the first time, the Safari this year featured an all-women's crew.
SYNOPSIS: Competing aircraft in this year's Kenya flying Safari lined up at Nairobi's Wilson Airport on Saturday for the start of the two-day event.
Twenty-eight aircraft competed in this year's Safari, which was sponsored by two major oil companies. The first day's flying was on a route from Nairobi to Malindi.
Kenya's Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bernard Hinga, flagged off the first aircraft in Saturday's event, which was designed as a test of navigational skill. The exact route was route was disclosed only just before takeoff.
After an overnight stay at Malindi, pilots were to compete in several different exercises, including the mock-bombing of a ground target.
For the first time, the Kenya Air Safari this year featured an all-women crew.
The Safari was climaxed on Sunday with a cross-country speed trial in which the aircraft were handicapped and flown for about three laps of 20 to 30 miles near Nairobi.