Map from the Schneider Trophy contest programme, 1929.
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Map centred on Calshot, near Southampton, the venue for the 1929 Schneider Trophy. It shows distances covered in one hour by the previous winners of the event, which increased from 45.75 to 281 miles in just 14 years. The Schneider Trophy race was one of the earliest contests for pilots. Starting with the first event in Monaco in 1913, the race, sponsored by Jacques Schneider, was intended to encourage seaplane development. The event was always keenly fought and led to many pioneering innovations in aircraft design and engine power. Twelve contests were held between 1913 and 1931 in England, Italy, France and the United States. The 1929 event took place on 6th-7th September and was won by a Supermarine S6 seaplane piloted by Henry Waghorn.