Sunday, November 10, 2013

Cape Town to Goodwood Day 9: Livingstone

Tracey and the Spirit of Artemis team is currently making its way through Zambia, as a video which you can watch at confirms.

"We've just crossed from Zimbabwe into Zambia, so we're just over the border here - Victoria Falls is about half a mile to the east of us. We're heading due north up to Kabwe and Ndola,  overflying the Democratic Republic of Congo and then on to the northern part of Zambia. Then on to Tanzania," says Tracey.
So far she has flown 2,000 miles since setting out from Cape Town on Saturday November 2. That means there's still  between 6,000 and 7,000 miles to go before she reaches Goodwood in England, depending on what route is taken. So at least three weeks more of flying.
She's happy with her vintage Boeing Stearman "Spirit of Artemis". "The plane is going extremely well, although it's interesting to see how it's coping with these very hot temperatures and high altitudes in very thin air. " Even when landing, this can be as high as 6,000 ft.
Tracey is retracing the route first flown  by Irish aviator Mary Heath from Knockaderry Co Limerick in 1928. "She was the first person to fly it solo in a light aircraft and she was doing it totally unassisted. I have a little bit more support that she did - I have an aircraft accompanying me. The purpose of that is to film the project - a story of Mary Heath and my flight."
* The interview was recorded in Livingstone in the last day or so using  the BGAN HDR and Live Wire M-Link Live X communications system. 

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