Claude Grahame-White, British pilot, April 1910.
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Autographed photograph from the Daily Mirror Series showing Claude Grahame-White (1879-1959) beaten in the London to Manchester £10,000 prize and showing great sportsmanship by leading the cheering for the winner, M (Louis) Paulhan. In 1906, the Daily Mail offered a prize of £10,000 to the first aviator to succesfully fly from London to Manchester in les than 24 hours. The first to make an attempt was a British aviator, Claude Grahame-White, in a Farman biplane in April 1910. Graham-White was a pupil of the French aviator Louis Bleriot (1872-1936), he opened flying schools and Paris and Hendon, won many air races during 1910, and crosed the Atlantic.