• Short Summary

    Determined to make a sensational bid to capture the record between Paris and London in the GBP10,000 Daily mail air race between the two capitals, French model Collette Duval persuaded the French military authorities to let her use the latest French jet bomber - the Bud Aviation Vatour.

  • Description

    Determined to make a sensational bid to capture the record between Paris and London in the GBP10,000 Daily mail air race between the two capitals, French model Collette Duval persuaded the French military authorities to let her use the latest French jet bomber - the Bud Aviation Vatour.

    Leaving the Arc de Triomphe on the back of a newsboys bicycle, 27 year-old Collette - who held a world record in delayed-drop parachuting - was well ahead of schedule when her twin jet aircraft crossed the English channel.

    But, just as the 'plan approached the English coast, the radio failed and the pilot flew over Biggin Hill RAF Station and landed on nearby Kenley RAF 'field.

    Overshooting the runaway, the aircraft finally come to rest after a tyre had burst. Watchers at Biggin Hill who had seen the aircraft go as tray had already taken off in a helicopter and were soon on the scene to take Collette onto Marble Arch.

    But deviation is route means automatic disqualifications although Collette did complete the journey as scheduled with a motor cycle escort from Battersea.

    Waiting to most her at Marble Arch was her husband, stack-car one Gilles DeLamare who had been waiting at Battersea but retained to the London check point when the first news of the mishap come through.

    Undaunted, Collette announced that she would make another attempt on the record on Wednesday, July 22, when she returns to Paris. She planned to make several other attempts before the race ended on Thursday.

    Main problem for Collette - to find some clothes. Shapely Collette arrived in London dressed in a shirt and clinging white overall - and nothing else.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACXDHFQ4Q3BLV8RHA4IOB222U7
    Media URN:
    VLVACXDHFQ4Q3BLV8RHA4IOB222U7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/07/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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