PLETTENBERG BAY, South Africa – Nearly a dozen vintage biplanes have completed a month-long journey down the length of Africa and landed near the South African city of Cape Town.
The biplanes, many of them built in the 1920s, completed the final leg of the Vintage Air Rally on Friday.
They survived detention in Ethiopia, an emergency landing in Kenya and two searches for a British retiree who flew off radar during their 8,000-mile (12,800-kilometer) adventure.
The rally rumbled to a start in Crete on Nov. 12, with the aim of following in the footsteps of pioneering flights in the 1920s.
The route took the pilots along some of the most evocative points in Africa, including a low flight along the Nile from Cairo to Khartoum in Sudan, and past the continent's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.