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By Peter. Lewis

ISBN-10: 0370000676

ISBN-13: 9780370000671

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Mid-week racing at Hendon on Thursday 16 April, 1914, was scheduled to include a Biplane Speed Handicap of six laps of the pylons, but, as only two biplanes were available subsequently, two monoplanes were included also, Birchenough emerging finally as the winner on a Graharne-vVhite Boxkite. c. I-I. Pix ton, winner of the 1914 Schneider Trophy Race at i\Ionaco, resls on the por~ lower wing and float of the Sopwith Tabloid seaplane. ) Hendon [or the start ora race in 1914. ) completed the course, Pixton continued for two extra laps to make a full 186·3 miles taking 2 hr 9 min 10 sec over the entire distance, his average of 92 mph over the additional laps constituting a new \lvorld speed record lor seaplanes.

Hendon's Second November Meeting was held on 22 November; the 16-mile Cross-country Handicap was over four laps of the convenient Bittacy Hill course and notable for Louis Noel's win of the London Aerodrome Cup for his first place in the quaint little new 50 hp Gnomepowered Grahame-''''hite Lizzie biplane, which was on its very first day out after being built. On 22 Kovember, 1913, another remarkable cross-country flight was undertaken by Capt C. A. H. 2 Squadron, RFC, with Col F. H. 2 2l8-filted with a 54 gal petrol tank-about 600 miles nonstop to set up a new British record for distance with one passenger.

The 1913 season at Hendon opened on 22 February in cold but ideal fiying weather, with a Grand Speed Handic;lp around the aerodrome pylons for the 60 guinea Aero Show Trophy. The fin~1 heat was exciting with very close cutting of the pylons by a group of pilots who were now fairly well experienced. First, in 12 min I? sec, was E. Richet Ayi,~g the ungainly 110 hp Canton-Unne Breguet bIplane, second was Verner on the 70 hp Renault Maurice Farman and third came Harold Blackburn on No. 33, the Blackburn Mercury school monoplane.

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