Cobham Falcon jets flew from Bournemouth to Cape Town using the same route Sir Alan Cobham pioneered in 1926; 90 years ago
Bournemouth, United Kingdom: 90 years ago, in 1926,
aviation pioneer Alan Cobham drew worldwide attention travelling
the 17,000 miles London to Cape Town in his de Havilland DH 9; in
2016, Cobham Special Mission's Falcon 20 jets followed the same
journey as they flew from Portsmouth to Cape Town, to provide
Operational Readiness training to HMS Portland as she made her way
from the Gulf to the Falkland Islands.
Darren Moncrieff, Vice President, Cobham Special Mission, said
"to be flying along the same routes as Sir Alan Cobham in 2016 is
true testament to how innovative and courageous the man was. Flying
between London and Cape Town in a de Havilland DH 9 90 years ago
without the technology we have today is a true accomplishment which
undoubtedly changed the face of aviation forever."
Image One: from left to right Senior First Officer Rob
Wasmuth, Captain Pete Beilby, Senior First Officer Dom Hurley,
Captain Steve Wells, Rob Elsom Operations Control Lead
and Andy Ross Lead Aircraft Engineer. Image Two: Sir
Alan Cobham's route from London to Cape Town, 1926. Image
Three: Sir Alan Cobham enjoying his aircraft.
The Cobham pilots travelling in Falcon 20 jets, returned to the
UK on 16th November 2016 after taking part in a Royal
Navy training exercise in Cape Town; completing the round trip in
just a few days. The challenging journey undertaken by Cobham
founder, Alan Cobham, is reflected in the culture today - providing
solutions to the most challenging problems.
Cobham has provided Electronic Warfare (EW) and Operational
Readiness training to the UK's Ministry of Defence for over 30
years conducting over 150,000 EW training flying hours in the
period. Cobham has tailored their training services to meet the
MoD's evolving front-line requirements through the provision of
innovative, threat based synthetic solutions with the ability to
deliver the training around the world.
About Cobham Special Mission
Protecting borders, saving lives and enhancing the
effectiveness of defence personnel.
We combine state-of-the-art technology with complex air
platforms to deliver customised airborne surveillance, operational
readiness training and search and rescue services.
Our end-to-end capabilities benefit government and military
customers with responsive and cost-effective turn-key solutions for
optimal mission performance.
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