Aeroplane Monthly 1983-06
??? - 'Planes and pyramids
These Bristol Blenheims, were part of a massed flypast over Cairo in May 1940, staged to impress the locals with Britain’s air might.
An army-co-operation R.E.8 after coming to grief at the base of the Great Pyramid of Cheops in 1917.
BAe 146 G-OBAF during its African tour in February this year. The 146 visited 12 countries and flew 21,000 miles in 67hr of flying during the tour.
The prototype Boulton Paul Balliol 2, VW898, over Kephren Pyramid in May 1949, during trials with the Tropical Experimental Unit at Khartoum. Note the ferry drop tanks.
Vickers Wellesleys over Egypt in 1940.
Charles Sims’ photograph of the BOAC H. P. Halton G-AHDU Falkirk during a proving flight in August 1946.
Shortly after the Second World War, Short & Harland at Belfast converted a batch of 12 Halifax C.Mk 8s into ten-seat passenger transports for BOAC. Redesignated H.P.70 and named Halton I, the first aircraft, G-AHDU, ex PP310 and named Falkirk, flew on its proving flight to Cairo in August 1946, returning to Heathrow on August 8. This picture was taken as Falkirk passed over the pyramids at Gizeh