• Short Summary

    NEARLY 200 PILOTS FORM 16 NATIONS CONVERGED ON THE BRITISH WARTIME FIGHTER STATION AT BIGGIN HILL TODAY (14 DECEMBER) TO ATTEND A PUBLIC CURTAIN-RAISER TO THE ENGLAND-AUSTRALIA AIR RACE, WHICH BEGINS NEXT WEEK.

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    NEARLY 200 PILOTS FORM 16 NATIONS CONVERGED ON THE BRITISH WARTIME FIGHTER STATION AT BIGGIN HILL TODAY (14 DECEMBER) TO ATTEND A PUBLIC CURTAIN-RAISER TO THE ENGLAND-AUSTRALIA AIR RACE, WHICH BEGINS NEXT WEEK.

    A FINAL ENTRY LIST OF 82 AIRCRAFT, WORTH MORE THAN GBP1,000,000 STERLING, WILL BE TRYING TO CAPTURE PRIZES TOTALLING MORE THAN GBP50,000 STERLING IN THE WORLD'S BIGGEST, RICHEST, AND LONGEST AIR RACE.

    TODAY THE PUBLIC WERE ADMITTED INTO BIGGIN HILL TO SEE THE LINE-UP OF THE COMPETING AIRCRAFT. PILOTS AND CREWS WERE ALSO THERE TO TAKE PART IN A FULL-SCALE BRIEFING ON THEIR 12,000-MILE FLIGHT TO SYDNEY.

    THE RACE BEGINS FROM GATWICK AIRPORT, IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND, ON WEDNESDAY (17 DECEMBER), WHEN 10 OR 12 OF THE SMALLER, SLOWER AIRCRAFT WILL BE FLAGGED AWAY BY SIR FRANCIS CHICHESTER, THE FAMOUS YACHTSMAN, WHO HIMSELF WAS ONCE A WELL-KNOWN AVIATOR AND MADE HIS FIRST SOLO FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA 40 YEARS AGO.

    MISS JEAN BATTEN, CBE, WHO STILL HOLDS THE SOLO SINGLE-ENGINE ENGLAND-AUSTRALIA RECORD OF FIVE DAYS 21 HOURS THAT SHE SET UP IN 1936, WILL BE AT GATWICK TO SEE THE RACE BEGIN.

    AS THE RACE IS BEING RUN ON HANDICAP, BASED ON 'BROCHURE PERFORMANCE'. THE START WILL BE STAGGERED OVER THREE DAYS, WITH THE BULK OF THE AIRCRAFT TAKING OFF ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (18 AND 19 DECEMBER).

    ALL COMPETITORS HAVE TO MAKE SEVEN COMPULSORY CONTROL-POINT STOPS - AT ATHENS, KARACHI, CALCUTTA, SINGAPORE, DARWIN, ALICE SPRINGS, AND ADELAIDE.

    THE RACE COMMEMORATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST FLIGHT BETWEEN ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA BY ROSS AND KEITH SMITH, AND ALSO FORMS PART OF THE CELEBRATIONS TO MARK THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF CAPTAIN COOK'S DISCOVERY OF AUSTRALIA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9K1HKLYM7NEFBA34PVTTV6NDA
    Media URN:
    VLVA9K1HKLYM7NEFBA34PVTTV6NDA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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