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    Item showing little aeroplanes capable of doing 87 1/2 miles on a gallon of petrol.

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    Item title reads - Big feats by little aeroplanes. Non-stop flight of 300 miles, 87 1/2 miles on a gallon on petrol, brings day when we shall have our own planes appreciably nearer. Near Lympne.

    M/S of a small one seat aeroplane on the airfield, the camera pans across to another one, people gather in the background to watch. M/S of one man in his aeroplane. Various shots as people pull and push them onto the airfield. M/S of another man sat in his aeroplane. L/S of one flying overhead, it comes into land and the camera follows it.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:26:56:00 / 01:28:21:00
    G 1023

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  1. hastingleigh says

    This was the occasion of the 1st aviation race meeting arranged by the Royal Aero Club, at Lympne. Flying took place between the 8th to 13th October 1923.
    The course/race route was from Lympne to Postling, to Hastingleigh and back to Lympne, a distance of 12.5 miles.
    The largest prizes were offered by the Duke of Sutherland £500 (open to British aircraft and crew only) and the Daily Mail £1000 (open to all nationalities), for the aircraft which flew the greatest distance on one gallon of petrol. There were two joint winners, each recording a distance of 87.5 miles.
    One of which appears at 48 secs into the film. No.4 called "The Wren", piloted by Lieutenant Longton, being tugged out of the Hangar, followed by a clip of him seated in the cockpit.
    The aircraft shown are, No. 14; No.6 AVRO; No.210 BAFG; No.13; No.4 The Wren and lastly No.12 which is shown airborne and landing at Lympne.
    There were several other prizes on offer for Speed, Altitude and Endurance.

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