• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

    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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA97UTAQ4O7P9KXNSM1G0K46I9
    Media URN:
    VLVA97UTAQ4O7P9KXNSM1G0K46I9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/09/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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