A brief history of Gayford and Nicholetts


Gayford and Nicholetts make the first non-stop flight from England to South Africa in a Fairey Long-Range Monoplane. The 5,309-mile (8,544 km) flight is a new distance record. They took 57 hours 25 min.

South Africa cheered when on 6 February 1933 Sqdn Ldr G R Gayford and Flt Lt S E Nicholetts in the R.A.F. Fairey Long-Range Monoplane record-breaking long-distance plane landed at Pretoria.

The pilots wearing their RAF uniforms were met by Sir Pierre Van Ryneveldt on their first stage home."

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