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    R.T. 100 Daylight, 85 Filter, Rated 80 ASA.

    1st. aircraft on runway ready for start yellow with black & white cheque; The oldest aircraft entered. 1933 Luscombe Silvere. Owner/Pilot Karl Luthy. Navigator Skip Levit.

    2nd. aircraft silver colour Auster Arrow 1946. This is the only British aircraft entered. Owner Pilots Dickens & Dean. this aircraft could not carry sufficient fuel to reach all the refuelling stops and had to put down at petrol stations along the route. They won the "Best Sportsman" award.

    Kenya flag; Held by the American ambassador to Kenya who flags off the first few competitors. His son stands next to him. Also time keepers and other officials. The ambassador leaves as he must also attend the kenyatta day rally at Uhuru park, Nairobi.

    The Sir Alexander Gibbs air France entrant takes off. This is a Cessna 340 turbo twin flown by Paul Pearson, Bob Hammond & Piere Closterman. Closterman joined the R.A.F. during World War 11 as a sergeant and ended the war as a Wing Commander and France's most highly decorated war pilot. He is now the chairman of Rheims Aviation.

    RT 400 Day 85 Filter Rated 320 ASA. Overcast sky, rain.

    The finish of the air safari Wilson airfield Nairobi. The aircraft are clocked in as they finish directly over the time keepers. The first aircraft home is the lone British entrant Auster Arrow. They lost points for early arrived but were determined not to be overtaken! The rest follow closely. Time keepers under stress (listen to tape 1 side A) Some of the aircraft landing.

    More aircraft landing. Karl Luthy & Skip levit get out of the Luscombe. Dickens & Dean pose by the Auster. People heading for the club bar & drinking.

    RT 100 Day 85 Filter Rated 80 ASA. Overcast sky, Sun.

    General scene Wilson airfield. Gordon Bird & Allan Heard walk towards their Colt. They pose alongside. The slowest aircraft after the Luscombe and the Auster they finished 2nd.

    Piere Closterman & Paul pearson with the Cessna 340. They Finished 6th. overall. Piere climbs down steps followed by Paul. Piere hits head on door .... Take 2. Shots of club.


    The aircraft are to fly to the coast night stopping at Mnarani Kilifi. "21st. day of rest followed by various competitions", 23rd Return to Nairobi.
    on Sony Cassette. Recorded on Sony STEREO TC 224 ( Auto level)
    Side A: Sound of Aircraft finishing directly over head time keepers. Control tower radio link. Wind & rain interference.
    Side B: Aircraft/tower/time keepers Contd.
    Lauscombe taxis to halt. Chat with Auster Pilots.
    Side A & B Announcements giving names & results of safari rally

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