In 1927, Sir Alan Cobham, pioneer of aerial refuelling and adventuring aviator, undertook a survey flight around Africa. He was accompanied by his wife, Gladys, and four crewmen: Worrall, the second pilot; Green and Conway, engineers; and Bonnett, cameraman.
The aircraft was a Short S.5 Singapore MkI, a twin-engined, single-fin, open cockpit version of the later four-engine, triple-finned, closed-cockpit Singapore MkIII which entered RAF service. There was only ever one MkI and when Cobham completed his journey it was returned to the Air Ministry, who had loaned it to Sir Alan.
The adventurers departed Rochester, on the River Medway, in the morning of 17th. November 1927 and returned in May of 1928,after a trip of over 20,000 air-miles and one which involved numerous trials and tribulations, delays and frustrations.
The book, published in 1931, provides in-depth detail of the flight so what I've done with this package is to create a blog that will provide updates for each day of the journey undertaken by Cobham and crew.
To relive this epic, all you need to do is to go here:- http://henrycrun.spaces.live.com/default.aspx
Remember...NO nav-aids or comms! :)
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