The legendary Breitling DC-3 aeroplane has landed in Bahrain as part of its record-breaking world tour. This historic aircraft, which is aiming to become the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe, landed at Bahrain International airport on March17 ahead of the next leg of the trip which will take it to Doha, Qatar.
Having travelled across Northern Saudi Arabia, flying low overthe golden desert from Amman, Jordan,the Breitling DC-3 is making its first ever visit to a region that today boasts some of the world’s leading airlines, with fleets of state-of-the-art aircraft. The visit of the Breitling DC-3 harks back to the early days of international aviation travel with its maiden flight taking placein 1940.
Speaking after arriving in Bahrain,BreitlingDC-3 pilot Francisco Agullo said: “Crossing the Middle East, with its vast open desert, is something I’ve really been looking forward to since we started planning this project. And flying over Bahrain at just 2,000 feet, far lower than commercial aircraft are normally allowed to, has been a truly unique experienceand a personal highlight of this world tour.”
The Breitling DC-3 world tour took to the skies on March 9th 2017, seventy-seven years to the day since its maiden flight.Departing from Breitling’s home country of Switzerland, the plane will visit 54 countries over seven months, landing back in Switzerland at the Breitling Sion Airshow 2017 in September. Bahrain is its fifth stop, following on from visits to Jordan and Bahrain.