Cape to Cape 2015 – The Grand Adventure
The Grand Adventure
Beginning in September 2015, Swedish pilot Johan Wiklund will fly a 1935 de Havilland DH60 Moth biplane from Stockholm Barkarby Airport to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.
This modern-day challenge echoes the pioneering flight of another Swede, Gösta Andrée, who flew a Moth from Stockholm’s Barkarby airfield to Cape Town, South Africa, in 1929. At the time, Andrée’s journey was an unprecedented feat – alone aviator flying an open-cockpit plane over the vast deserts and jungles of the African continent, equipped with the most rudimentary of navigational instruments: a map and a compass. Johan Wiklund will repeat Andrée’s adventure, flying a similar aircraft and following the 1929 route as closely as possible. He’ll also use the same navigational tools, and even a copy of Andrée’s flying costume.
Johan Wiklund wants to prove that it is still possible. Using the same technology used by his compatriot Gösta André in 1929. This is an adventure where just one single man in an old technology biplane, dares the elements of nature, to explore untapped parts of Europe and Africa from the sky and ground. To get the ultimate perspective.
*“We have planned this adventure for years. Actually, I have been dreaming about this adventure ever since reading about Gösta Andrée. Gösta Andrée did his adventure to increase interest for hobby flying and to promote the Sandvik brand. My dreams are somewhat different. I have a passion for flying too. It has been so all my life. But I also want to explore Europe and Africa from many perspectives. I am going to visit places seen by few. See people, discover cultures and most likely also go places most would think are too dangerous.
Help me accomplish this adventure. What was seen as impossible in 1929 is seen as even more impossible in 2015. I want to show you all that ”impossible is only temporary”.*
The first phase of the journey started in July this year, when Johan took off from North Cape in Norway and flew to Stockholm in Sweden. That journey was not a part of Gösta Andrées route.
The second phase of the journey begins – as it did for Gösta Andrée – at Barkaby airfield in Stockholm. Take off on September 1st. Johan will try to follow the same route as Gösta Andrée did, with some minor alterations due to the different political landscape. With 40 take offs and 40 landings – 40 legs – Johan will fly down through Europe, cross the Mediterranean sea and continue throughout Africa to the Cape of Good Hope – with the plan to land in Cape Town in the second part of October.
The goal of Johan’s adventure is not just flying from the North Cape to the Cape of Good Hope. While he hopes to cover the costs of the trip itself through private funding and sponsors, he also aims to raise money for the “Make reading cool” project. This program is designed to help the Children’s Book Network support schoolchildren with limited resources in Red Hill outside Cape Town. Help make this adventure a success for the children in Red Hill.
After completing this journey, Johan plans to share his story through lectures and films from the trip. It is also hoped that the adventure will result in a book.
Why support me?
The adventure will be accomplished with or without the funding from FundedByMe, so why support me? Support if you wish to follow a true adventure in real time and also get an ultimate perspective – sky and ground – of Europe and Africa.
Support if you also get thrilled when mankind challenges the elements of nature.
Most importantly, we have challenged ourselves to contribute to the school children project “Make reading cool”. Let us show what crowdfunding and social media can do to help!