1953 London to Christchurch Air Race
The winner of the transport handicap section of the race was a KLM DC-6A, however the Viscount gained second place. It also set an FAI Class C1/1 speed record from London to Melbourne of 293.6 mph, covered in 35 hrs 47 mins and halving the 71 hr winning time set by De Havilland Comet racer G-ACSS in the 1934 MacRobertson air race.
(Photo: CAHS collection)
This aircraft, carrying a load of passengers and mail, won the Handicap Section with a time of 37 hrs 30 min.
(Photo: Qantas, published in Airways, October 1953)
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