VISNEWS interviewed Group Captain Ryder, RAF entrant in the London-Paris 'Daily Mail' air race, after he arrived at the London checkpoint, July 15, as the fastest contestant to date.
VISNEWS interviewed Group Captain Ryder, RAF entrant in the London-Paris 'Daily Mail' air race, after he arrived at the London checkpoint, July 15, as the fastest contestant to date. With a combination of car, Sycamore helicopter, Hunter jet plane, helicopter and motor-cycle, he covered the 214 miles in 44 minutes 37 seconds.- an average speed of 288 mph.
This was his second attempt. From London to Paris he clocked 47 mins. 45 secs.
The second fastest man in this imagination-firing race, Lieutenant Westlake of the Royal Signals team, entered a time of 45 mins. 53 secs today. When he arrived at Marble Arch, London, VISNEWS interviewed him.
The man who set the pace in this race commemorating Bleriot's pioneer cross-Channel flight 50 years ago was Special Air Services Captain, 'Red Rory' Walker. On Monday he reached Paris in 57 mins. 47 secs.
Service teams, club teams, private individuals - people from all walks of life - are taking part in this challenging and novel air race. It's not only the ingenuity of working out split second time-tables but the novelty of transport that counts. And it's not only the challenge of the race that inspires competitors - there's a cash prize of GBP10,000