Movi­etime - Cir­cling the Sun…

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS - Re­port & photo: Peter R March

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in The

Hol­ly­wood Re­porter (THR), Paula Mclean’s best-sell­ing 2015 novel

Cir­cling the Sun, based on the life of record-break­ing avi­a­tor Beryl Markham, is to be made into a film. This ‘his­tor­i­cal fic­tion’ is set in colo­nial Kenya where Markham learned to fly in a Gipsy Moth in 1931. Five years later she be­came the first woman to fly solo east­west across the At­lantic. Tak­ing off from Abing­don, Eng­land on 4 Septem­ber in Vega Gull VP-KCC

The Mes­sen­ger she crash-landed af­ter 21 hours’ fly­ing in a bog on Cape Bre­ton Is­land, Nova Sco­tia. Two days later, she ar­rived in New York to a rap­tur­ous greet­ing.

The sale of 1933 DH60G Moth G-ATBL in Oc­to­ber 2017 and Vega Gull G-AEZJ in Fe­bru­ary 2018 to Co­manche War­birds in­di­cates that ad­vance preparatio­ns are be­ing made by US film stu­dio Im­per­a­tive Entertainm­ent to put the film into pro­duc­tion. THR says the film is be­ing pro­duced by Lau­ren Sanchez along with Bradley Thomas and Dan Fried­kin. The lat­ter, who co-owns the stu­dio with Thomas, is based at the Co­manche Ranch at Ea­gle Pass, Texas and has a large col­lec­tion of ‘Fried­kin Fam­ily War­birds’ in Bri­tain and the USA, mostly reg­is­tered to Co­manche Fight­ers.

Fifty-three-year-old Dan Fried­kin is a dis­tin­guished war­bird pi­lot hav­ing dis­played in his Mus­tang at ma­jor events in the UK, most no­tably with the USAF Her­itage Flight at Dux­ford and Fair­ford, and pro­vided three of his Big­gin Hill-based Spit­fires for the 2017 movie Dunkirk.

ABOVE: a crash-land­ing con­cluded Beryl Markham’s his­toric east­west 1936 At­lantic cross­ing in Vega Gull VP-KCC The Mes­sen­ger BE­LOW: with a film of Beryl Markham’s life story in prospect, Vega Gull G-AEZJ has now been sold to Co­manche War­birds

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