This is the story of one who preferred to live in the open, rather than within the confines of a London office, a condition
that has beset the lives of millions of worthy but less fortunate people.
The story of Richard Reid “Dick” Bentley and his flight from England to South Africa in de Havilland DH60X Moth G-EBSO (c/n 419). Bentley and the Moth, fitted with a Cirrus Mark II engine, left London on September 1, 1927. Dick landed at Baragwanath Aerodrome on Monday, 26 September 1927. He arrived in Cape Town on September 28, 1927 having flown a distance of approximately 7,250 miles, achieving the then record longest solo flight.
Some British Pathe newsreel footage of the Christening of G-EBSO “Dorys” here (Website)
Some photographs of de Havilland DH60X Moth c/n 419 G-EBSO “Dorys” here (PDF)