Safe ground: Tracey Curtis Taylor stands next to the Boeing Stearman plane atGoodwood, West Sussex. She ran the risk of hypothermia and faced appaling weather to complete a solo flight across Africa.
8 Weeks in an open cockpit.
Pilot recreates historic solo flight across Africa in her 1940s biplane.
An aviator has battled buffeting winds and the threat of hypothermia to recreate a historic solo flight. Tracey Curtis-Taylor withstood everything the elements could throw at her during her 13,000km (8,000-mile) flight in an open cockpit biplane. But she achieved her dream of following in the footsteps of Lady Heath, who in 1928 became the first person to fly alone across Africa.
She flew in the Sprit of Artemis, a classic 1940s Boeing Stearman biplane.It has a top speed of 95mph and a maximum altitude of 3,000m (10,000ft), although Ms Curtis-Taylor flew as low as 4.5m (15ft) over Lake Natron in Tanzania, allowing her to enjoy Africa’s wildlife and dramatic terrain.