A biplane flown by Cedric Collette and Alexandra Maingard glides by Egypt's iconic pyramids of Giza, on the second leg of their month-long journey through Africa in Cairo, Egypt, November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Like an aviator from another century, Lita Oppegard, 68, climbs out of her biplane on a grass airstrip near Johannesburg – one more stage safely completed in an epic journey down the length of Africa. Seven vintage planes – from a total of 11 starters – will Friday finish the 13,000-kilometer adventure flying from the Greek island of Crete to Cape Town.The 36-day challenge has been packed with incident, including dangerous crashes, wrecked planes, lost pilots, and the whole fleet being detained in Ethiopia in a dispute over paperwork.The teams became the first group of aircraft to land at Egypt's Giza pyramids in 80 years, and were detained for two days in rough conditions in Ethiopia after a mix-up with their flight permits.For American Keith Kossuth, the journey has been full of testing moments as he had little experience of his plane but was determined to complete the rally.Oppegard flew in the "Vintage Air Rally" with her husband Nicholas – a former commercial pilot – in an eight-cylinder Travel Air 4000 plane built in 1928 .
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