Hunting Clan African Airways Ltd: First Flight to Mongu

Hunting Clan African Airways Ltd

First Flight to Mongu

Flight Details

  • Date: 1st July, 1958
  • Pilot: Clive Halse
  • Aircraft: DC-3 VP-YNH
  • Total covers: Unknown

First Flight Covers

From Salisbury to Livingstone
From Salisbury to Mongu

The Rhodesian Aviation Co. Ltd.

The Rhodesian Aviation Co. Ltd.


As early as 12th October, a meeting was conducted to consider the flotation of a new aviation company to be called The Rhodesian Aviation Co., Ltd, held in the office of J C Coghlan. Those present included: Mr. Francois Issels (Chairman), Dr. S. H. Freeze, Messrs. A. C. Thornton, J. C. Coghlan, Major C. M. Newman, Captain J. D. Mail, Major Grant Duncan and Mr. Aston Redrup, Secretary of the Rhodesian Aviation Syndicate.

The resolution was adopted that ‘a limited liability company be formed to carry on aviation in all its branches in Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia. Union of South Africa and elsewhere. Provisional directors to be Messrs. John Austen (Que Que), J. H. Bookless, A. G. Hay, F. lssels, H. L. Stewart, A. C. Thornton, Dr. S. H. Freeze, Major Grant Duncan, Captain J. D. Mail and Major C. M. Newman. Mr. Aston Redrup to be Secretary, Mr. J. C. Coghlan legal adviser and Messrs. Woodthorpe & Fraser auditors.

Thus, in February 1929, sufficient local capital was raised to launch the Rhodesian Aviation Company with Cobham/Blackburn Air Lines owning a large interest. It was agreed that Cobham/Blackburn Air Lines were to provide a Blackburn “Bluebird” aircraft – a single engined, two-seater, open-cockpit biplane – in return for its value in shares in the new company.Directors were: Mr. F. Issels (Chairman), Mr. G. Cecil Roberts, Major C. M. Newman Mr. H. L. Stewart and Captain B. Roxburgh-Smith (representing Cobham/Blackburn Air Lines and acting as manager and pilot); company secretary was Mr. Aston Redrup.

Early in 1931 Imperial Airways Ltd. took over the African interests of Cobham/ Blackburn Air Lines (including that company’s shares in the Rhodesian Aviation Company) and promptly withdrew all financial support of the latter company, maintaining that, until the main air route through Africa was established, no assistance to subsidiary companies would be forthcoming.

On Friday, 4th August, 1933, a meeting of Rhodesian Aviation Company shareholders was held in Bulawayo. Mr. Cecil Roberts, a director, took the chair in the absence of the company’s chairman, Mr. F. Issels. Mr. Roberts told the assembly that the company’s affairs were to be handed over to a new company whose capital would be subscribed chiefly by the Beit Trustees, which body would have a controlling interest. The new company would be called Rhodesian and Nyasaland Airways.

Rhodesian and Nyasaland Airways was incorporated at Bulawayo on 12th October, 1933. For a few months the headquarters of the new airline remained at the Railway Offices, Bulawayo, then, early in 1934 all control was, as predicted moved to Salisbury.

The aircraft taken over from the old company formed the nucleus of RANA’s fleet and, in mid-February 1934, two more Puss Moths were acquired when Christowitz Air Services of Blantyre was absorbed into the new enterprise.


  • Walter Herdzik

Central African Airways: 1951 First Direct Flight

Central African Airways

1951 First Direct Flight

On 1st April, 1951, Central African Airways inaugurated a new direct airmail service between Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia; Blantyre, Nyasaland; and Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika.

The new service, called the Coastal Viking, provided for the first time, a fast, same-day air link between the Rhodesias, Nyasaland, Tangankyika and the Union of South Africa.


First Flight Covers

From Nyasaland
From Southern Rhodesia

Nyasaland Air Week: 1933 – From Nyasaland to Northern Rhodesia

Nyasaland Air Week

First Flight from Nyasaland to Northern Rhodesia


From Blantyre to Fort Jameson
From Limbe to Fort Jameson
From Zomba to Fort Jameson

Nyasaland Air Week: 1933 – First Internal Mail Flight – Zomba to Lilongwe

Nyasaland Air Week

First Internal Mail Flight


From Zomba to Lilongwe

Rhodesian and Nyasaland Airways: 1935 – From Salisbury to Beira

Rhodesian and Nyasaland Airways

1935 From Salisbury to Beira
Rhodesian & Nyasaland Airways Ltd
Commercial Covers

Rhodesian and Nyasaland Airways: 1935 – From Blantyre to Beira

Rhodesian and Nyasaland Airways

1935 From Blantyre to Beira


Blantyre Printing & Publishing Company
Rhodesian & Nyasaland Airways Ltd
Commercial Covers
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