Brave, courageous & adventurous solo female pilot “Tracey Curtis” landed in Gwadar & then in Karachi. Having successfully flown from Cape Town to GoodWood in 2013, Tracey Curtis-Taylor is now taking on the challenge of flying her beautiful open cockpit vintage biplane to Australia. Tracey’s flight is in honor of Amy Johnson and her epic solo flight to Australia in 1930 which astounded the world. Where possible, Tracey will be following Amy’s route and reliving the story of her dramatic adventures, reckless bravery and one of the greatest solo achievements in history. It is also pays tribute to the many courageous pioneering aviators of the 1920’s and 30’s who prepared the way for air travel as we know it today. As with the African expedition, the flight to Australia will recreate the essence of the period; open cockpit, stick and rudder flying with basic period instruments and a short range between landing points which will involve frequent stops in some remote parts of the world. A small support crew travelling in a light modern aircraft will record and capture the epic journey and the wonders of crossing three continents in a vintage open cockpit biplane. Day to day news will be posted on an interactive website and the whole adventure will be made into a documentary series for broadcast. There are few period pictures and little in the way of movie records of the early flights, so this documentary footage will not only help to keep the history alive, but will be used to educate a new generation of aviation enthusiasts. In this way, Tracey hopes to provide young people with an enthralling example of adventure that reflects the great achievements of our pioneering forebears. Engro Corporation in collaboration with HBL and The Dawood Foundation in a special event welcomed and hosted pilot & adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor.
Speaking at the event, Chairman Engro Corporation, Hussain Dawood said: “We are privileged to honor the efforts of Tracey Curtis-Taylor who is a role model for females globally. We believe in women empowerment, championing inclusiveness and diversity at all levels and today we celebrate it. We welcome Tracey Curtis-Taylor to Pakistan and hope that she will continue to inspire the future breed of female adventurers.”
WE HAVE RECEIVED THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SUPPORT IN PAKISTAN AND IT IS TRULY ASTOUNDING
During her short visit to Karachi, Tracey Curtis-Taylor will also visit the Dawood Public School where she will be received by more than 2000 enthusiastic female students who regard her as an inspiration. Tracey will get an opportunity to interact with the students and highlight how if they put their minds to it women can continue to make a mark in the contemporary world and showcase great achievements.
Interacting with the guests at the media meet Tracey Curtis-Taylor said: “We have received the highest level of support in Pakistan and it is truly astounding. It is a real honor to be welcomed by the Pakistani military, the Pakistani government and our local partners, Engro Corporation and Habib Bank. I particularly can’t wait to visit the 2,000+ girls of Dawood Public School and it will be a special moment to land into Karachi with a military escort accompanied by Prince Nikolaos of Greece onboard Spirit of Artemis. It’s another important stop on my flight to Australia and the welcome looks to be fantastic.”
Tracey’s flight is expected to take 12-14 weeks with her arrival in Sydney planned for early 2016. Her journey will take her across Europe and the Mediterranean to Jordan, over the Arabian Desert, across the Gulf of Oman to Pakistan, through India and on to Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia before crossing the Timor Sea to Australia. After her arrival in Sydney the plane will be shipped to America and flown across the United States to complete the world flight in 2016.
Chairman HBL, Sultan Allana stated: “HBL has always supported dreamers who aim to do the impossible; achievers such as Tracey and Samina, who strive towards women empowerment and gender equality. These are values HBL shares with them, and continues to support through its actions. We wish Tracey safe travels and success towards the realization of her dreams”
Amy Johnson, aviator and first woman to fly solo with her husband, mysteriously lost in crash in the Thames estuary on a routine flight. It is even said her plane lost at “Bermuda Triangle” we wish best of luck to Tracey.
Chairman Princely Jets, Ghouse Akbar said, “It is indeed an honor to welcome Tracey Curtis-Taylor on her historic mission from London to Australia. I hope that we made her trip memorable. I would like to thank our lead sponsor Engro Corporation and HBL for helping make this possible. I would also like to thank Pakistan Airforce, Pakistan Army, Civil Aviation Authority, Airport Security Force and the Ministry of Aviation.”