Top of the world – The Vintage Air Rally is the largest biplane flight ever attempted in terms of numbers and distance.
From November 11, fifteen classic aircraft will fly 8,000 miles from Crete to Cape Town, South Africa.
Old school – Each aircraft is a pre-1939, single-engine biplane, which bring unique challenges such as spinning the propeller to start the engine.
Flying with giants – The route recalls pioneering flights from the early days of aviation, such as Irish aviator Lady Sophie Marie Health, who made the first solo flight from Egypt to South Africa in 1928.
World Cup – The fifteen teams are drawn from aviation enthusiasts around the world, including from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Egypt, South Africa, Canada, France and the US.
Classic models – The planes include a range of classic designs including the 'tiger moth' pictured, and the 'gypsy moth' used in the Robert Redford movie 'Out of Africa.'
On the tail – Tiger Moth DH82A, flown over the English coast by pilot Ian Perry, is seen over the shoulder of pilot Pedro Langdon during a promotional event ahead of the rally.
Dry run – Tiger Moth and Travel Air 4000 biplane practice off the coast of the UK. Several of the participating pilots are making a biplane voyage for the first time.
Endurance – The 8,000-mile journey will test the pilot's stamina, although there are luxurious stops built into the route.
Slow danger – Organizer Sam Rutherford acknowledges there is a risk of engine failure with such old planes, but adds that they are slow enough for any crash to have "high survivability."
Reward for hosts – The race passes through 10 African countries, and local tourism ministries are keen to maximize the exposure of their greatest attractions. Egypt will allow planes to land at the pyramids for the first time in 80 years.
Aerial tourism – Participants will also pass through Victoria falls in Zimbabwe, Khartoum in Sudan, and the national parks of Kenya.