• Short Summary

    THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH TONIGHT PRESIDED AT A PRIZE-GIVING DINNER IN LONDON FOR CONTESTANT IN THE DAILY MAIL AIR RACE.

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    PRINCE PHILIP SPEAKS TO PRIZE WINNERS; TROPHIES; WINNERS PRESENTED WITH PRIZES.




    Initials CP/V/PW/SGM


    SPORT: AIR RACING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH TONIGHT PRESIDED AT A PRIZE-GIVING DINNER IN LONDON FOR CONTESTANT IN THE DAILY MAIL AIR RACE. ALL 21 PRIZE WINNERS WERE PRESENTED TO PRINCE PHILIP DURING THE CEREMONY IN LONDON'S ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL.

    SQUADRON-LEADER LECKY-THOMPSON, PILOT OF ONE OF THE HARRIER JUMP JETS RECEIVED THE PRIZE FOR THE FASTEST OVERALL TIME BETWEEN LONDON AND NEW YORK, OF 6 HRS 11 MINS AND 57 SECS.

    TWO 10 YEAR OLD BOYS RECEIVED THE AER LINGUS PRIZE FOR THE FASTEST SCHEDULED PASSENGER FROM SHANNON AIRPORT IN DUBLIN TO THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, WHICH WAS WON BY FLEET STREET JOURNALIST CLEMENT FREUD. THE BOYS WERE FREUD'S SON, DOMINIC AND HIS FRIEND DOMINIC FAULDER.

    PRINCE MICHAEL OF KENT JOINED THE RACE ON SUNDAY, FLYING FROM NEW YORK, BUT ALTHOUGH HIS TIME WAS NOT FAST ENOUGH TO WIN A PRIZE HE STILL TOOK PART IN TONIGHT'S CEREMONY.

    FASTEST OVERALL TIME FROM NEW YORK TO LONDON WAS SET BY NAVY PILOT, LIEUTENANT COMMANDER PETER GODDARD. FLYING A PHANTOM JET, HIS TIME FROM THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING TO THE POST OFFICE TOWER IN LONDON WAS FIVE HOURS 11 MINS AND 22 SECS.

    LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER GODDARD, SENIOR OBSERVER OF THE ROYAL NAVY'S 892 PHANTOM SQUADRON, FLEW THE ATLANTIC FOR AIRPORT IN FOUR HOURS 46 MINUTES AND 57 SECONDS, HITTING 1200 MPH (1932 KMS).

    THE MENU FOR TONIGHT'S PRESENTATION DINNER WAS THE SAME AS THAT AT THE DINNER GIVEN FOR ATLANTIC PIONEERS, ALCOCK AND BROWN IN 1919. ONLY THE PRE-1912 WINES WHICH WERE DRUNK ON THAT OCCASION WERE NOT AVAILABLE. DURING THE DINNER SLIDES OF THE RACE WERE SCREENED AND THE PRIZES TOTALLING GBP60,000 WERE BROUGHT IN BY TEAMS OF AIR HOSTESSES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA46ZGWOUUOSB2ZFXN96F17695P
    Media URN:
    VLVA46ZGWOUUOSB2ZFXN96F17695P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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