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FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 1933-1934
On July 25th. 1909 M. Louis Bleriot, the Frenchman, made the first journey above
the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine ascending from Les Baragues near
Calais, and alighting at a point near Dover Castle. This historic flight, accomplished,
in a small twenty-five horse-power monoplane lasted thirty-seven minutes.
In August of the same year the world's First flying meeting was at Rheims, in France.
A giant Handley biplane flew over London carrying forty passengers in November
In June 1919 Sir John Alcock and Sir Arthur W. Brown, in a twin-engined Vickers-
Vimy-Rolls biplane, won a 510,000 prize by a non-stop flight ofone thousand eight hundred
and ninety miles from St. John's, Newfoundland, to the west coast of Ireland, covering
this distance in sixteen hours twelve minutes, the average speed being one hundred and
eighteen miles per hour. This was the first trans-Atlantic crossing.
Sir Alan Cobham's five thousand miles' air-tour of Europe, was accomplished in
three weeks in the year 1921.
Lieut-Commander R.E. Byrd in 1926, starting and returning to Spitzbergen, flew
over the North Pole and back in a three motored Fokker's plane, being in the air fifteen
and a half hours and covering one thousand three hundred miles.
Capt. C. Lindbergh flew alone from New York to Paris in a small monoplane, doing
three thousand six hundred and thirty nine miles in thirty-three and a half hours in 1927.
In 1928 Flt-Lieut. S.N. lvebster won for Britain, the International Schneider Trophy,
at a speed of two hundred and eighty-two miles per hour.
In the same year Mr. Bert. Hinkler flew from England to Australia in fifteen and
a half days in a thirty horse-power light aeroplane.
Flt-Lieut. lYaghorn on September 7th, 1929 won the Schneider Trophy at a speed
of three hundred and twenty-eight miles an hour.
Flt-Lieutenant George H. Stainforth held the world's speed record from 1931 to
1933 for Great Britain, when he created a speed of four hundred and fifteen miles per
hour. This record, however. has recently been eclipsed by an Italian oflicer.
Amy Johnson, born in Yorkshire, England, is probably the greatest woman who
ever took the air. She flew alone from London to Australia in 1930, and in November,
1932, broke the record of the fastest time from England to South Africa by flying from
Lympne to Cape Town, 6220 miles, in four days, six hours and fifty-four minutes. Her
husband, Captain Mollison is also one of the best and most popular aviators living.
I-Ie has many air records to his credit.
Perhaps the most outstanding aviator of our day is Air-Commodore Kingsford Smith.
He has broken record after record in his air-mail flights. I-Ie has recently flown from
England to Darwin, Australia, in the remarkably short time of twelve and a half days.
He has since been knighted by the King for this marvellous feat.
R.C., Form -1.