Tracey Curtis-Taylor finishes UK to Australia biplane flight – BBC News

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Image caption Tracey Curtis-Taylor arrived in Sydney, completing her 13,000 mile trip

A British adventurer has arrived in Australia, having completed an epic 13,000-mile solo flight from the UK in a vintage open cockpit bi-plane.

Tracey Curtis-Taylor, 53, set off in her 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft from Farnborough, Hampshire, in October.

She retraced pioneer Amy Johnson’s 1930 flight, flying over 23 countries and making some 50 refuelling stops.

After landing in Sydney she tweeted it was the end of a “huge adventure”.

Ms Curtis-Taylor – the self-styled “Bird in a Biplane” – also thanked “everyone who supported me”.

Her route had taken her across Europe and the Mediterranean to Jordan, over the Arabian desert, across the Gulf of Oman to Pakistan, India and across Asia.

Ms Curtis-Taylor attempted to recreate the essence of Ms Johnson’s era by flying with an open cockpit, with basic period instruments and a short range between landing points.

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Image caption She celebrated her arrival at Sydney’s International Airport with a glass of Champagne
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Image caption She has flown across 23 countries, including Myanmar – formerly known as Burma
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Image caption Amy Johnson was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930


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