• Short Summary

    ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE DAILY MAIL-SPONSORED TRANS-ATLANTIC AIR RACE BETWEEN LONDON'S POST OFFICE TOWER AND NEW YORK'S EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, THE RECORD FOR THE CROSSING HAS ALREADY BEEN BROKEN.

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    WATERHOUSE LEAVING; STIRLING MOSS ARRIVING; FULLER ARRIVING; OTHER COMPETITORS ARRIVING AND AWAY.




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    EDITORS: OUR PRODS 3981/69 "UK: START OF TRANS-ATLANTIC AIR RACE" AND 3986/69 "UK: ROYAL NAVY SETS UP NEW RECORD FOR ATLANTIC CROSSING AS MORE CONTESTANTS GET UNDERWAY IN LONDON-NEW YORK RACE" SERVICED TODAY BOTH REFER.

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    Background: ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE DAILY MAIL-SPONSORED TRANS-ATLANTIC AIR RACE BETWEEN LONDON'S POST OFFICE TOWER AND NEW YORK'S EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, THE RECORD FOR THE CROSSING HAS ALREADY BEEN BROKEN. THE AIRCRAFT THAT BROKE THE RECORD WAS A ROYAL NAVAL PHANTOM JET, WITH COMPETITOR LIEUTENANT PAUL WATERHOUSE ON BOARD, AND HIS AIRCRAFT MADE THE THREE-AND-A-HALF-THOUSAND MILE (APPROX 5,600 KM) FLIGHT IN FIVE HOURS, THREE MINUTES, CLIPPING 26 MINUTES OFF THE 11-YEAR-OLD RECORD SET BY THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE.

    LIEUTENANT WATERHOUSE'S JOURNEY WAS DRAMATIC RIGHT UP TO THE LAST MOMENT AS HIS AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN IN ENGLAND WHEN IT BURST BOTH YEARS ON LANDING. HE HAD STARTED HIS JOURNEY BY MOTORCYCLE, HEADING FOR A NEARBY HELICOPTER LANDING PAD WHICH TOOK HIM HIS PHANTOM. SEVERAL AMERICANS FOLLOWED HIM, SOME IN PRIVATE AIRCRAFT AND OTHERS IN SCHEDULED FLIGHTS WHICH THEY ARE JOINING SECONDS BEFORE TAKE OFF.

    BRITISH FORMER RACING DRIVER STIRLING MOSS ARRIVED ABOARD ON AIRLINER. HE HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC HOLD-UPS IN LONDON AND THERE WERE MORE TRAFFIC JAMS AWAITING HIM IN NEW YORK. HE WAS FURTHER DELAYED BY HAVING TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION FORMALITIES AS HE IS A CIVILIAN.

    FLYING OFFICER BILL FULLER, OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE ARRIVED IN AN R.A.F. VICTOR, MAKING THE COMPLETE JOURNEY IN SIX HOURS, 28 MINUTES NINE SECONDS. HE HAD BEEN WHISKED AWAY IN A HELICOPTER ONLY 100 YARDS (METRES) FROM LONDON'S POST OFFICE TOWER AND HAD BEEN IN THE AIR IN HIS VICTOR JET ONLY 13 MINUTES AFTER CLOCKING OUT FROM THE TOWER.

    OTHER COMPETITORS ARRIVED AT KENNEDY AIRPORT, AND, WITH NO HOLDS BARRED IN THE RACE, WERE HURTLED THROUGH THE CROWDED STREETS OF NEW YORK IN AN AMBULANCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5JPPKT28JUBZK7KBESSAP5EDA
    Media URN:
    VLVA5JPPKT28JUBZK7KBESSAP5EDA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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