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SA: 1926 MITTELHOLZER FLIGHT Switzerland - Cape: Envelope franked 10c & 2x 35c Swiss adhesives tied by Zurich cds 28 XI. Special "AFRIKAFLUG" flight cachet, Alexandria (Egypt) transit cds. ADDRESSED TO CAPE TOWN with Cape Town cds 11 JAN applied when forwarded to Milnerton. Covers carried over the full route to South Africa are rare; no return flight was made as the seaplane was sent back by ship. F-VF.
Swiss aviator Walter Mittelholzer undertook the 19000km journey between Zurich & Cape Town, this being the first flight of a seaplane down Africa. Departure was 7th December with the flight via Naples where most of the 160kg mail, primarily for intermediate stops, was in fact unloaded and conveyed onwards by ship. Other than this most mail was for Alexandria & Cairo; the South African mails were datestamped in Alexandria 13 DE 26. The pilot continued the flight arriving in Cape Town February 21st 1927.
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