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Vintage plane rally along Africa's length comes to an end

  • A vintage biplane approaches the landing strip at the airport near the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. On Friday, the 8,000-mile (12,800-kilometer) adventure came to an end as nearly a dozen biplanes, many of them built in the 1920s, flew the final leg of the Vintage Air Rally along the South African coast and landed in the vineyard town of Stellenbosch. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    A vintage biplane approaches the landing strip at the airport near the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. On Friday, the 8,000-mile (12,800-kilometer) adventure came to an end as nearly a dozen biplanes, many of them built in the 1920s, flew the final leg of the Vintage Air Rally along the South African coast and landed in the vineyard town of Stellenbosch. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • A vintage plane come's in for its landing at the airport near the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. On Friday, the 8,000-mile (12,800-kilometer) adventure came to an end as nearly a dozen biplanes, many of them built in the 1920s, flew the final leg of the Vintage Air Rally along the South African coast and landed in the vineyard town of Stellenbosch. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    A vintage plane come's in for its landing at the airport near the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. On Friday, the 8,000-mile (12,800-kilometer) adventure came to an end as nearly a dozen biplanes, many of them built in the 1920s, flew the final leg of the Vintage Air Rally along the South African coast and landed in the vineyard town of Stellenbosch. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

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.