In a contest sponsored by
the government of South Africa, with a prize of £10,000, put up by the
Daily Mail for a flight from Cairo to Cape Town, Lt. Col.
Pierre van Ryneveld and Major C. J. Quintin Brand took off from
Brooklands aerodrome for Cape Town, South Africa on February 4, 1920
in a Vickers Vimy named The Silver Queen. They flew to Cairo
and then on the 11th of February 530 miles from Cairo the engine
failed and they made an emergency landing at Korosko. The plane was
wrecked but the crew was unhurt. The RAF placed another Vickers Vimy
at their disposal and after the instruments from the first plane were
installed in the replacement the Silver Queen II took off from
Heliopolis on February 22. At Bulawayo, a week later, the Silver
Queen II was also wrecked. Again the crew was uninjured, and their
completed their flight to Cape Town in a third plane on March 20.