TO those who remember the “good old days” and treasure memories of the glories of the Gordon Bennett Cup races of Rheims and after there has been something sad in the practically complete disappearance from the aviation scene of the high‐speed race for landplanes. The British Aerial Derby only survived the war to die from lack of support shortly afterwards, and has never been revived. The Pulitzer Trophy race in the United States, founded about the same time that the Aerial Derby vanished, has continued to flourish, but it is the only instance we can call to mind of a landplane race that still survives. The landplane speed record itself lasted for nine years until beaten recently by Lieutenant Doolittle.
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