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Fastest time to climb the highest peaks in all African countries

The record for the fastest time to climb the highest peaks in all African countries is 5 years, and was achieved by Eamon ‘Ginge’ Fullen (UK) when he reached the Bikku Bitti Peak, Libya, on 25 December 2005. He climbed the highest peaks of each of the 53 African countries as listed in the beggining of the attempt. HRH Prince Charles endorsed the attempt. He reached the first peak, Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, the highest peak in Africa, on 25 December 2000.

First aerial bombardment by aeroplane

The first time that bombs were dropped from an aeroplane in an air raid occurred on 1 November 1911 during the Italo-Turkish War of 1911–12. Second Lieutenant Giulio Gavotti of the Italian Air Flotilla, threw four small 4.5-lb (2-kg) Cipelli grenades over a Turkish camp stationed in Ain Zara, Libya, from his Taube monoplane which was flying at an altitude of 600 ft (185 m). Please note, bombs were likely to have been dropped from balloons prior to this, so this record is specifically for Continue reading →

First use of aircraft in warfare

The first time an aircraft was used in warfare occurred on 22 October 1911. Captain Carlo Piazza of the Italian Army flew a Blériot monoplane from Tripoli to Azzia in Libya during a reconnaissance mission of Turkish forces, whom they were fighting in the Italo-Turkish War of 1911–12. Please note, some sources state 23 October. I have gone with RAF Museum’s date. Ottoman Turks were defending their territories in Libya from Italian colonial designs from 28 September 1911- 18 October 1912. It could also be Continue reading →