Fearless woman pilot made a flight of nearly 13 000 km biplane 1940 release.
Difficult weather conditions in Europe have become a real challenge for Tracy Curtis Taylor during her journey from Cape Town in Goodwood, UK.
51-year-old woman finally fulfilled his dream by repeating the legendary flight in 1928, when Mary Halsey became the first pilot, alone flown across Africa.
Ms. Curtis Taylor began its journey in Cape Town, and has been, at Goodwood in West Sussex that.
She says, “The most important thing in such long flights, so you are lucky with the weather. In Europe they have persecuted me strong crosswinds and headwinds. ”
Miss Curtis Taylor for the first time sat at the helm of the aircraft, when she was 16 years old. For more than 30 years of piloting aircraft is her hobby. In its journey she had to fly over the most beautiful and the most dangerous parts of Africa.
maximum speed can reach plane Spirit of Artemis, -95 km / h, the maximum height at which you can fly 3000 m-Miss Curtis Lewis flew, usually not very high, sometimes dropping to 4.5 meters, for example, when flying over Lake Natron in Kenya.
The most dangerous flight was in Egypt when she was ordered to take to the air to a height of 10,000 feet.
She said, “is getting colder, and the plane was flying slowly, I run out of fuel, but they did not let me down below. I felt that I had the temperature drops, eventually I had to disobey them and reduce the height. ”
“When I flew over the Mediterranean, I was told to climb 4800 meters, but it was impossible, the maximum altitude at which the aircraft can climb, -3000 meters.”
During his journey, Miss Curtis Taylor also flew over Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, the Republic of Sudan.
Egypt she had to stay as wind gusts reached 70 m / h
Miss Curtis Taylor wanted to complete the project before Christmas, but strong winds over Europe forced it to land in Croatia and wait until the socket is good weather.
“I am glad that I was able to return safely. I feel as if I’m drunk, I have a terrible lack of sleep. ”
On her journey withdraw documentary, on which work should be completed by spring.