No. 6704. Avro 641 Commodore (SU-AAS c/n 700)
Photograph from Military Aircraft Photographs (MAP), taken in Egypt, February 1937

Avro 641 Commodore

08/31/2007. The aircraft was registered in the UK as G-ACRX before it was sold to Egypt, registered as SU-AAS. The photograph was taken during "The Circuit of the Oases", the pilot was A. Nagi.

The Circuit (Cairo - Assiut - Kharga - Dahkla - Farafra - Baharya - Cairo) was an air race initiated by the founder of the Egyptian Aero Club, HRH Prince Mohamed Taher Pasha. First event took place in December 1933 and has at least been held in December 1934 and February 1937 as well.

The 41 entrants in the 1937 Circuit came from ten countries. First place was taken by Freiher Speck von Sternburg, second came Otto R. Thomsen and third was Guy Hansez.

Otto Mendl (Messerschmitt Bf 108 B-1 Taifun - OE-DIX)

J.M. Provost (de Havilland D.H.85 Leopard Moth - OO-APS)

Mr. Kutloch (Praga E.114M Air Baby - OK-IPN)
Zlinska Letecka A.S. at Ambrus (Zlin XII)
Zlinska Letecka A.S. at Fukfu (Zlin XII)
Beneš Mráz Aeroclub (Beneš Mráz Be 51 - OK-BEY)

Ahmed Salem (de Havilland D.H.85 Leopard Moth - SU-ABM)
Loutfia el Nadi (de Havilland D.H.87A Hornet Moth - SU-ABT)
Prince Omar Halim (Miles M.2F Hawk Major - SU-AAP)
Prince Abbas Halim (Waco YKC - SU-AAN)
A. Nagi (Avro 641 Commodore - SU-AAS)

F.C.J. Butler (de Havilland D.H.87B Hornet Moth - G-ADKW)
E.D. Spratt (Miles M.3A Falcon Major - G-ADFH)
J.C. Hargreaves (British Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Eagle 2 - G-ADJO)
V.A.P. Budge (Miles M.2H Hawk Major - G-ADIT)
J.K. Mathew (Miles M.2H Hawk Major - G-ADLA)
J. Heber-Percy (de Havilland D.H.80A Puss Moth - G-ABOC)
P.G. Aldrich-Blake (Percival P.10 Vega Gull - G-AEPS)
Mabel & Sheila Glass (de Havilland D.H.60 Moth - G-ABOE)
Lillie Dillon (British Klemm L.25C-1 Swallow - G-ACZK)

Henri Lumiére (Caudron C.635 Simoun - F-ANXJ)
Georges Morizot (Caudron C.600 Aiglon - F-ANVH)
Henri Engernich (de Havilland D.H.85 Leopard Moth - F-AOHS)
E. Wattine (Caudron C.635 Simoun - F-ANRU)
Andre Masset (Caudron C.600 Aiglon - F-ANSP)
G. le Pelley du Manoir (Caudron C.600 Aiglon - F-ANSH)
Barbara Countess de Chateaubrun (Percival P.10 Vega Gull - G-AETD)
Marquis de Saurez D'Aulun (Caudron C.600 Aiglon - F-ANVK)
Hirsch Ollendorf (Percival P.10 Vega Gull - F-APIG)
Guy Hansez (Caudron C.634 Simoun - F-ANXB)
Andre Boulenger (Farman 403 - F-AOHR)

Otto R. Thomsen (Messerschmitt Bf 108 B Taifun - D-IBMY)
Wolfgang von Gronau (Messerschmitt Bf 108 B Taifun - D-IGNY)
Freiherr Speck von Sternburg (Junkers Ju 86 - D-AKOP)
Karl Schwabe (Klemm Kl 32 - D-EXEK)

Giovanni Zapetta (Nardi FN.305D - I-BUDA)
Vincenzo Biani (Caproni Ca.309 Ghibli II - I-BITB)
Felice Santini (Caproni Ca.309 Ghibli II - I-BITA)

Jerzy Drzewiecki (D.W.L. RWD 13 - SP-BFK)

Prince George Valentin Bibescu (Potez 561 - YR-FAI)

B. Gagey (Farman 402)

In parallel with the Circuit, there was also a "Speed Race". There were seven participants, only four finished. Winner was Giovanni Zapetta, second came Guy Hansez, third Henri Lumiére and Otto R. Thomsen ended last.

Created August 31, 2007