1953 London to Christchurch Air Race

Viscount G-AMAV, race number 23, at a damp Essendon during a refuelling stop-over on the way home after the October 1953 London to Christchurch Air Race. Click here to see a colour photo and read more about this interesting aircraft.

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)



The crew of KLM's entry in the 1953 Air Race, DC-6A PH-TGA Dr Ir M H Damme. L-R: Third Officer J Noomen, Capt. H A A Kooper, First Officer J F Griffith, Second Officer P J Aarts.

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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