'First Flying Week in England', Blackpool, 1909.
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Souvenir commemorating the first Flying Week held in England at Blackpool from 18th to 26th October 1909, actually at the same time as a rival event at Doncaster. Beneath the illustration the British and foreign aviators taking part are listed, together with a list of the events taking place. Highlights of the week were Hubert Latham's flight undertaken in a strong wind, the first time an aeroplane had been succesfully handled in such conditions, and the flight of Henry Farman, covering a distance of 47 miles in an hour and a half. Various cash prizes were offered to participating aviators in categories including altitude, distance covered and pasenger carrying capacity, and Farman emerged as the most succesful competitor, winning £2400.