• Short Summary

    Into Singapore's Changi Airfield May 26 screamed a Royal Air Force Valiant bomber creating a new RAF record for long-range flight.

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    Into Singapore's Changi Airfield May 26 screamed a Royal Air Force Valiant bomber creating a new RAF record for long-range flight.

    The Valiant piloted by Squadron Leader John Garstin flew non-stop from England to Singapore - a distance of 8,110 miles in 15 hours 35 minutes. The average speed of the flight was 523 miles.

    Flying at a height of 45,000 feet, the bomber was twice refuelled in mid-air, over Cyprus and over Karachi. The Cyprus refuelling was done in darkness, an operation which Sq. Ldr. Garstin described as "smooth and completely successful"
    Sq. Ldr. Garstin and crew were received at Changi Airfield by Air Vice-Marshal Ramsey-Ray, Air Officer commanding RAF 224 group, and other senior airforce officers. They congratulated him for his record-setting flight.

    Sq. Ldr. Garstin who had a co-pilot and a crew of four said the non-stop flight was an "exercise in mid-air fuelling."
    The previous fastest time for the route, the Air Ministry in London said, was 17 1/2 hours, established in 1953 by a Canberra. No official record exists, but the time taken for the Valiant flight is six hours less than corresponding civil airline jet flight times, in spite of the fact that the R.A.F. aircraft's route was more than 700 miles longer.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA186HBG8VODUDL4QUQNCGA9N0K
    Media URN:
    VLVA186HBG8VODUDL4QUQNCGA9N0K
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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