The daring 1,800-mile journey of three Tiger Moths across Africa

The concept was in the madcap class, the execution seemingly impossible: to fly three 50-year-old de Havilland Tiger Moths from Johannesburg, South Africa, to the remote reaches of Botswana’s Okavango Swamps, more than 1,800 miles away. In the August 1988 issue of Aeroplane Monthly, Dave Hanson recounts the adventure

To match the gentle grandeur of a classic old timer of the skies with the wild, sweeping background of one of Africa’s last paradises. To clear the herds of jumbo off the runways before the tiny fuel tanks ran dry.

To the outsider, it must have seemed the pointless suburban dream of a man of whimsy. To Tony Torr and his partner-in-a-Tiger, Graham Smith, it was always going to happen. They had visited the Okavango before, spent time in the rugged little bush camps of the Delta and had grown to love that part of Africa with a passion.

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