South African Teenagers Succesfully Assemble And Fly Airplane

A group of South African teenagers have made history as they successfully landed an aircraft which they assembled themselves. The aircraft which was assembled by a group of 20 students from vastly different backgrounds, arrived safely in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday, after it jetted off from Cape Town last month.

The aircraft was built in two weeks under the guidance of The Airplane Factory, U-Dream mentors and five team leaders from Denel Aviation.

According to the BBC, the 17-year-old pilot-Megan Werner said;

“I’m so honoured to have made a difference around the continent at the places we’ve stopped. The purpose of the initiative is to show Africa that anything is possible if you set your mind to it,”

While narrating a few challenges experience during the feat, Werner mentioned that the team encountered some issues along the way, such as struggling to get fuel in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, and added;

“Driaan van den Heever and I flew alone for 10 hours, without the support aircraft, so it was two teenagers, all by ourselves with no support,”

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