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British adventurer completes epic 14,600-nautical mile flight from UK to Australia

A British adventurer has completed an epic 14,600-nautical mile flight from the UK to Australia in a vintage open cockpit bi-plane.

Tracey Curtis-Taylor, 53, set off in her 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft from Farnborough, Hampshire, in October.

She retraced pioneer Amy Johnson’s 1930 flight, flying over 23 countries and making some 50 refuelling stops.

After landing in Sydney she tweeted it was the end of a “huge adventure”.

Ms Curtis-Taylor – the self-styled “Bird in a Biplane” – also thanked “everyone who supported me”.

Some early reports suggested it was a solo flight – Ms Curtis-Taylor was the only pilot to fly the vintage bi-plane, but she had a support team of engineers travelling with her in a separate aircraft, as well as a camera crew, who would sometimes sit in with her.

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