Karachi: Ms Tracey Curtis Taylor, an aviator and adventurer from UK, departed from Karachi to India on the next leg of her journey in her vintage open cockpit biplane (1942 Boeing Stearman), today. On her departure she was seen off by Air Vice Marshal Salman Ahsan Bukhari, Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command. Amjad Ali Toor, DG Civil Aviation Authority was also present on the occasion.
Talking about the love she received in Pakistan, she said that she was overwhelmed by the affection shown towards her by the people of Pakistan in general and Pakistan Air Force in particular. She further said that she would be taking along sweet memories and an entirely different perspective from Pakistan to the West.
Tracey had landed in (Gawadar) Pakistan on 16 November, 2015 where she was received by Squadron Leader Saira Batool, a lady officer from Pakistan Air Force. The 53 years old renowned aviation enthusiast has undertaken this tour to pay homage to Amy Johnson and her epic solo flight to Australia in 1930.
The route will take nearly 13000 miles crossing 23 countries and 50 refueling stops before reaching Australia. The flight is expected to take 12 to 14 weeks and she plans to arrive in Sydney (Australia) in early 2016.