Friday, November 08, 2013

Cape Town to Goodwood Day 7: Elephants!

Spirit of Artemis,  piloted by Tracey Curtis-Taylor crew has made it to Zambia. First sightings of elephants!
* When Lady Heath headed for Livingstone from Bulawayo after recovering from her sun stroke, she  also saw her first "game" - a band of eland - near Malindi. Flying down for a closer look, she disturbed a mother rhino. Next, she ‘went down to worry’ a train chugging along below and, at Wankie, dropped off a copy of the Bulawayo Chronicle for the mine manager.
A few minutes later, the distinctive white ‘smoke’ raised by the thundering waters of Victoria Falls was visible, forming an excellent landmark, and she landed in the nearby town after an enjoyable three-hour flight. There she met Capt Bentley and his new wife, Dorys, who were flying his DH Tiger Moth back to London. 
Her main worry was the Avian’s bent undercarriage fitting, but she took off anyway the next morning
weighed down with 227 litres of petrol. Flying on convoy with the Bentleys,
she  made course for towards Broken Hill (now Kabwe), using the railway as a navigational aid when forced to fly under thick black clouds.  Among those waiting to greet them at Broken Hill was Mrs Moffett Thompson, wife of the resident manager.

Lady Heath's route -
Feb 26 - Bulawayo
Feb 28  - Livingstone
Mar 1 - Broken Hill (Kabwe)
Mar 4  - Ndola
Mar 5 -Abercorn (Mbala)
Mar 7 - Tabora
Mar 8 - Mwanza 

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