MAURICE KIRK, flying vet, SENDS PIC FROM NAIROBI, KENYA, CHRISTMAS DAY 2016

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“Thinking of you all” – pic entitled “Dreaming” received today 25 / 12 / 2016 from MK sitting outside the Nairobi, Kenya “Aero Club” – see earlier posts below on MK, intrepid flying vet!

Maurice Kirk:  “Pilot to continue his crash course across Africa”  24 Dec. “The Times”

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Maurice Kirk:  “Pilot to continue his crash course across Africa” 

24 Dec. “The Times”

Maurice Kirk has endured a series of mishaps but denies being reckless. 

He has crashed four times, been detained at gunpoint twice and dropped his sat-nav system down a drain, but a British pensioner attempting to fly the length of Africa insists that none of it is his fault.

Maurice Kirk, 71, blamed fellow aviators in the Vintage Air Rally for reneging on a promise to carry his luggage, which includes a tuxedo and top hat, in their planes.

The former drinking buddy of Oliver Reed, the late actor, said that he was forced to put his bags on his lap in his 1943 single-engine Piper Cub. He also had a long-range fuel tank installed above his head which meant he couldn’t see his compass.

“It meant I was flying with an awful lot of extra baggage…

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he told The Times from Nairobi, where he is waiting for a new propellor to enable him to continue his journey South.

He has used his smartphone to navigate but said he struggled to find some airstrips. The former vet, from South Wales, had already crashed in Cannes on his way to the rally’s start, when his engine cut out above the runway. “It did it again in Khartoum,” he said.

He left his maps in a hotel room and dropped his GPS navigation system down a drain, but denied suggestions that he was reckless. Sam Rutherford, the rally’s organiser, said that Mr Kirk was an “extremely good aviator” who could land in a small field on the side of a mountain, but he asked him to leave the Vintage Air Rally because he was dangerous.

“There is nothing that annoys me more than somebody who doesn’t take basic preparations and precautions in order not to have someone else putting their lives at risk [with a search and rescue operation],” Mr Rutherford said.

Spectators turn out to see the planes of the Vintage Air Rally at Nairobi national parkThomas Mukoya/Reuters

He said Mr Kirk had crashed off the end of Khartoum’s runway. Mr Kirk said that was nonsense and he had “cleared it on purpose to be out of the way”. He has refused to leave the rally. Asked about Mr Rutherford, he said: “I hope I never see him again or I will punch him on the nose.”

Mr Kirk, who was arrested in the US in 2008 after landing too close to George W Bush’s Texas ranch, boasted about “flying below camel level” on a trip to Australia. He was rescued by the US Coastguard after crashing in the Caribbean.

Mr Kirk crashed twice in South Sudan. The first time he punctured a wheel. The second time he ripped part of the undercarriage and a propellor. None of this has dampened his determination to complete the 8,000-mile journey. The plane was loaded onto a truck and driven to Lokichoggio in Northern Kenya.

“I just need two people to help me put the wings back on,” Mr Kirk said. “If the engine runs I am heading straight to Cape Town.”

Only 15 of the 22 aircraft that started the rally have made it to Cape Town. A Boeing-Stearman biplane crashed in Kenya. A Tiger Moth was blown into one of the support helicopters in Botswana, damaging both beyond repair.

Mr Kirk said he planned to ship his aircraft, Liberty Girl II, from Cape Town to the Falklands then fly the length of the Americas. He was banned from the US in 2008 but believes Donald Trump will welcome him in.

Maurice’s FACEBOOK BLOCKED  (South Wales Police?) so videos on You Tube and his current tel +254713600213 — maurice@kirkflyingvet.com

WHO’S JOINING MAURICE FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT STANLEY HOTEL?

source:   http://www.thetimes.co.uk/…/56d01e56-c93a-11e6-89fb-efb68b0…

MAURICE KIRK AFRICAN ORDEAL: “I WON’T give up, says Captain Calamity: Eccentric aviator, 72, vows to continue perilous journey across Africa despite crash-landing in a warzone, getting robbed and being stricken by malaria” 11 DEC. 16

.Maurice Kirk crash landed in South Sudan, where he was robbed by locals

  • Police then arrived on the scene and seized him for not having a visa 
  • In the jail, in the town of Kapoeta, he fell badly ill with sepsis and malaria 
  • He is now holed up in a Western hotel in the city – and has vowed to continue his perilous journey 

He has crash-landed in one of the most dangerous places on Earth, been robbed and beaten up by bandits and jailed by the local regime, and is now dangerously ill after contracting malaria.

But intrepid 72-year-old aviator Maurice Kirk has vowed to recover his battered vintage aircraft, fix her up and continue his perilous journey across Africa.

His crash in South Sudan last week was the second time Mr Kirk and his single-engine 1943 Piper Club have come unstuck on the 8,000-mile Vintage Air Rally from Crete to South Africa. He previously went missing, only to touch down in Ethiopia, where the authorities accused him of illegally entering the country’s airspace.

Mr Kirk, who has already found himself in many a perilous situation – not least as a close drinking buddy of Oliver Reed – admits that his current circumstances are ‘a bit of a jam’.

Speaking exclusively to The Mail on Sunday from his sick bed in South Sudan, he said: ‘I’m staying here, and I’m going to rescue her.’ He’s affectionately referring to his Piper Cub, which lost its propeller and one of its legs when it crashed near the town of Narus. 

After emerging from the wreckage, Mr Kirk was dragged away by bandits. ‘I was roughed up by the locals, who dragged me through brambles that have terrible thorns,’ he said. ‘I have deep cuts all over my legs. They stole my mobile phone, my camera and my emergency beacon.’

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