|From Ocean to Ocean
with UTair and ExecuJet.
In preparation for her flight across Africa, Tracey was invited to join a three man Russian crew ferry flying an old piston engined Antonov 2 biplane from Kiev to Cape Town. The aeroplane was donated by Utair for humanitarian work in South Africa and supported by ExecuJet.
The route took the crew across northern Europe and down through Spain over the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco; south through Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Gabon, and on down the west coast of Africa.
The flight arrived in Cape Town on 20th of February 2013 having taken three months to complete. The journey covered over 20,000km over 15 different countries, used over 85kg of maps and flight charts, and had two enforced halts over several weeks in Port Harcourt and Cabinda with visa and fuel issues.
To view video clips of this trip, click here.
Above left: Tracey piloting an An2 on a
training flight in Hungary 2012
Below left: Tracey with Captain Sergey Bykov
Above right: Nigerian ground handler
with Engineer Alexander Achimov and Captain Bykov
Below right: Refuelling in Algeria, Tracey with Mark Hill