|Henry R.Palmer; This was Air Travel, Bonanza Books 1967|
A plane of this type, outfitted with floats and piloted by British aviation pioneer Francis McClean flew up the Nile to Khartoum and back in early 1914. The 1400 mile flight took 11 weeks as the engine failed 13 times.
Francis McClean (later Sir Francis) was no stranger to adventure, in 1912 he had become the first person to fly under all of London's bridges.
|The Short S 80 The Nile|
British Aircraft before the Great War Schiffer Publishing Ltd.