A Fleeting Peace

Golden-Age Aviation in the British Empire

The Air League Challenge Cup 1921

17 September, 1921

3 laps totalling 72 miles

The final event of the first Aviation Race Meeting, held by the Royal Aero Club at Croydon Aerodrome.

Weather: "in spite of the fact that at times a 40 miles an hour easterly wind was blowing and a miserable drizzle fell on and off throughout the afternoon, some quite decent racing was put up"

Story of the Race:

At the end of each lap, a baton had to be taken from the aircraft and delivered to the next.

Team Pilots     Aeroplanes Result
Red (24 Sqn, RAF Kenley)

mini - j m robb

Flt-Lt J M Robb  

mini - r w chappell

Flt-Lt R W Chappell

   F/O P Murgatroyd

S.E.5a/

Avro 504K/

S.E.5a

1st
White

mini - e l foot

Maj E L Foot   

mini - g h bowman

Sqn-Ldr G H Bowman

mini - c h johnston

Maj C H Johnston

S.E.5a/

Avro/

S.E.5a

The Avro refused to start for lap 2
Blue

mini - w h longton

Flt-Lt W H Longton  

mini - a f muir

Capt A F Muir

mini - f j ortweiler

Frederick J Ortweiler

S.E.5a/

Avro/

S.E.5a

2nd
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