Flights to and from South Africa

 

The "All-British" air route between Cairo and the Cape was first opened for traffic in 1920. They could do this because, thanks to Cecil Rhodes and his fellow empire-builders, the map was coloured pink all the way, [denoting, of course, that they were part of the British Empire]

Some of the 44 aerodromes established for the 1920 'all-red' Route (with present-day country names], click to enlarge

The route had been first surveyed in 1918, when 3 military parties were instructed to explore and, as far as possible, prepare the route. They worked with the local authorities and cut many of the aerodromes out of the dense jungle, felling thousands of trees  - and relocating tens of thousands of tons of soil - in the process.

This is what they achieved:

  Aerodrome Distance (miles)
EGYPT
  Heliopolis -
  Helouan 18
  Wasta 40
  Samamut 76
  Assiut 84
  Kara 102
  Luxor 44
  Edfu 55
  Assouan 60
  El Ajaqui 66
  Toshki Gharb 71
SOUDAN    
  Wadi Haifa 54
  Station 6 82
  Station 10 80
  Shereik 70
  Atbara 76
  Shendi 74
  Khartoum 6
  Jebelein 208
  Eliri 221
  Duk Farwill 198
  Mongalla 159
  Nimule 110
UGANDA    
  Jinja 232
BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA
  Kisumu 113
TANGANYIKA TERRITORY
  Shirati 89
  Mwanza 124
  Shinyanza 79
  Tabora 104
  Zimba 207
NORTHERN RHODESIA
  Abercorn 79
  N’dola 336
  Broken Hill 103
  Livingstone 290
SOUTHERN RHODESIA
  Bulawayo 238
BECHUANALAND
  Palapwe 182
UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA
  Pretoria 258
  Johannesburg 64
  Blomfontein 230
  Victoria, West 243
  Beaufort, West 72
  Touws River 158
  Cape Town 142
 
   

5,297

 

Pretty soon, people were queueing up to use this new route.

Here are the successful flights, and some notable brave attempts:

 
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