CapetoCape BBC interview

We’ve told you several (if not more) times about the Swedish Pilot Johan Wiklund and his crazy plan to fly from Nordkapp in Norway down to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa in a 1935 Tiger Moth biplane.

Johan is currently in Kenya , taking a break from the flying and doing some well-deserved maintenance on the plane. BBC World caught up with him there for this short interview.

We’re now into October, which means that it’s actually later this month that Johan is due in Cape Town Stellenbosch.


Johan Wiklund and his plane have made it down to Italy. If you know anything about his trip, and anything about European geography, then you’ll know that he has therefore crossed the Alps. Here’s a little bit of footage from his flight:

And then, a wonderfully smooth landing in Cremona, Italy (it’s not inside, it’s onnnn top), here:

Johan is on his way across the sea today, heading for Zakynthos, before heading across to Africa – in the form of Egypt – later in the week.

On His Way

After years of preparation and months of anticipation and planning, Swedish pilot Johan Wiklund is finally on his way on his historic Cape to Cape journey. Historic because it retraces the 1929 steps of other Swedish pilot,Göste Andrée, and because Johan is doing it in a 1935 De Havilland 60 Moth biplane.


Johan has already made it as far as Berlin and is now headed for Austria and the Czech Republic.

Here are the links you need:

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I’m still planning to say hi once he gets to SA. The planned stops here are Swartkops, Kimberley, Beaufort West (shame) and the incredibly famous Stellenbosch Airport:

• Co-ordinates S33º 58’ 50” E18º 49’ 22”
• Elevation 321ft
• Runways 01 / 19
• Runway surface Tar
• Runway length 760 metres / 2492 feet
• Frequency 119.3 MHz
• Circuit RIGHT hand on 19 and LEFT hand on 01

That’s RIGHT hand on 19 and LEFT on 01, ok?
Now we know.

Cape To Cape 2015

Say what you like about the Western… er… Cape – it might have its downsides, but it also has loads of internal Capes: Columbine, Town, of Good Hope, Point, Hangklip, Agulhas, Infanta. And that’s just off the top of my head.

Norway also has a Cape – Nordkapp or North Cape (check out their pseudo Table Mountain). And now, a former SAS (the airline, not the elite British military unit) (I think) is planning to fly from there, to one of ours.


This is Johan Wiklund, and behind him is his 1935 De Havilland DH-60 Moth biplane. He’s attempting to fly it from Nordkapp to South Africa (specifially the Cape of Good Hope), roughly following the route taken by adventurer and aviator Göste Andrée in 1929.

This appeals to me (as long as it’s someone else doing it). While the plane may be old (and put together by Johan and his friends), there’s a modern twist with GoPro footage, social media updates and you can even follow the flight on our old friend See below for some details.

Johan set off this week and plans to arrive in Cape Town on the same day – October 24th – and at exactly the same time – 3:10pm – as Andrée did, 86 years previously. It’s touches like that that make this adventure so special.

If this has made the news here in Cape Town, I’ve missed it. But I’m going to be keeping an eye on Johan and his Cape to Cape trip very carefully, and so can you on the following links:

Facebook – FlyingCapeToCape
Net –
FR24 – SE-AMO (and recent flight database here – click the little plane logos to view)

The weather is Scandinavia has been pretty awful since the trip started, but Johan has still managed about 1500km and has just arrived in the Swedish city of Gävle (there he is via their webcam, on the grass airstrip, next to the four squat trees), under heavy skies.


Gävle looks like a really exciting place to be.

Look out for more updates on 6000 miles… over the coming weeks.