10 choppers trace King Abdulaziz’s path taken 116 yrs ago

Ten small aircraft were used based on criteria of speed and light weight. Two types of aircraft — fixed-wing and gyrocopters — were used. (Photo courtesy: Courtesy: Al-Sharq)

The first journey began in 1900 from Kuwait to Riyadh on the back of camels. The second one started last Friday aboard 10 small aircraft that flew over the regions which King Abdulaziz passed by during his march to conquer Riyadh.

The “Founder’s Path” journey did not appear difficult from the theoretical point-of-view. But once it started, the journey turned out to be very arduous. The team which embarked on the journey used state-of-the-art technology to trace the paths the late King Abdulaziz took on the back of his camel.

Journey leader Dr. Mubarak Al-Suwailim, president of the Arab Air Sports Federation, said it was Prince Turki Bin Abdullah who came up with this idea six months ago.

Last Update: Wednesday, 24 September 2014 KSA 17:52 - GMT 14:52