New York - London Air Speed Record 1951

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    London Airport.

    SV. Aircraft, Pan American converted Mustang, taxiing to a standstill at night. SV. & CU. American Airline Officer Captain Charles Blair, air speed record breaker, opening cockpit. He has flown from New York to London in 7 hours and 48 minutes. CU. Name of aircraft 'Excalibur III'. SV. Captain Blair getting out of cockpit. SV. Electrician with lamp. SV. Captain Blair jumping down from aircraft. CU. Captain Blair being congratulated. SV. CU. Captain Blair standing before microphone. SV. Captain Blair standing at mike. GV. Cut in dubbing shot of crowd. CU. Captain Blair speaking (natural sound): 'It took a little longer than we first anticipated. The first part of the flight was a little slow and in the last part of the flight we picked up and really made knots from Gander across.' CU. 'I really haven't very much to say except that I'm very glad to be down and out of the aeroplane and the people of London were very co-operative and I appreciate that very much.'


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