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Female pilot lands in Sydney after epic journey from Britain in 1942 aircraft

/ 04:16 PM January 09, 2016
Adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor smiles after arriving in her vintage, open-cockpit 1942 Boeing Stearman aircraft at Sydney International airport in Sydney on January 9, 2016. Curtis-Taylor completed an epic, three-month solo flight from Britain to Australia flying 13,000 miles (nearly 21,000 kilometres) spanning 23 countries and was modeled after British aviatrix Amy Johnson’s flight from Britain to Australia in 1930 in what is known as one of the greatest solo flight achievements in history.   AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS / AFP / PETER PARKS

Adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor smiles after arriving in her vintage, open-cockpit 1942 Boeing Stearman aircraft at Sydney International Airport on Jan. 9. AFP

SYDNEY, Australia—Adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor on Saturday completed her epic flight from Britain to Australia, landing her vintage, open-cockpit 1942 Boeing Stearman in Sydney.

“I need a drink,” she joked after finishing the final leg of the three-month journey which saw her contend with some treacherous weather in the air and logistical obstacles on the ground.

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Modelled after pioneering aviator Amy Johnson’s historic 1930 solo flight from England to Australia, Curtis-Taylor said her journey was a homage to female pilots of the past.

She said flying the open cockpit biplane had given her an “insight into something of what she (Johnson) went through getting here.”

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“The flying has been sensational and that’s why you do it,” she told reporters at Sydney airport shortly after her arrival.

“To fly something like this, low level, halfway around the world seeing all the the most iconic landscapes, geology, vegetation … it’s just the best view in the world. It’s the best adventure in the world.”

Curtis-Taylor, who flew from Cape Town to Goodwood, England in 2013, took off from Farnborough on Oct. 1, with a flight path over Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The route of nearly 21,000 kilometers (13,000 miles) saw her stop in places such as Vienna, Istanbul and Amman before she headed to Pakistan and India and on to Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

She crossed the Timor Sea to Australia this month.

Curtis-Taylor said she struck some bad weather, mostly in eastern Europe, as she flew the stick and rudder airplane with basic period instruments.

But as the journey involved frequent stops because of the plane’s short range, many of her obstacles were not related to flying.

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“I’ve lost my rag several times dealing with people on the ground,” she said, adding that she spent seven hours trying to get fuel at one airport.

“In the end I just lay down on the tarmac and went to sleep with my head on my handbag.”

She said that it was an experience to fly over Australia, where her stops included the outback towns of Tennant Creek and Alice Springs and flying over the monolithic rock Uluru.

Curtis-Taylor, 53, said she would love to continue the adventure and fly up north along Australia’s east coast.

But instead the plane, which the aviator said “did not miss a beat” during the epic journey, will be shipped to the United States.

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