Wednesday, December 18, 2013

First Schneider Cup contestant and winner

Henry R.Palmer; This was Air Travel, Bonanza Books 1967
The Schneider Cup race was designed to stir up interest in seaplane development- seen as the only feasible way to advance air travel as airfields were thought to be far too expensive to build.
  The first field in 1919 consisted of four French float-equipped aircraft, a Moraine Saulnier, two Nieuports and a Deperdussin. The Deperdussin's run suffered a timing error, one Nieuport and the Moraine Saulnier went out with engine trouble leaving the remaining Nieuport the winner.

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