Route of the Schneider Trophy contest, Hampshire, September 1931.
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Centre spread from the 1931 Schneider Trophy programme, showing the route to be followed by the competing aircraft off the Hampshire coast. The Schneider Trophy race was one of the earliest contests for pilots. 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 1931 event took place at Calshot, near Southampton, on 12th September and was won by a Supermarine S6B piloted by John Boothman. This was the third consecutive British win, meaning they retained the trophy permanently.