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RAeC Collection "Showcase" (3)
Having won the Schneider Trophy (officially the Coupe d’Aviation Maritime Jacques Schneider) in 1927 and 1929, the UK secured the trophy outright in 1931. The Royal Aero Club official souvenir programme for this historic race is included as the third Showcase item. Before the race, the British government had withdrawn support, but a private donation of £100,000 from Lucy, Lady Houston allowed Supermarine to compete. The archives of the RAeC include the official Minute Books that record these dramatic events. On the day, the other entrants had failed to prepare their aircraft in time for the competition, and the British team, in a “walkover”, set a new world speed record (380 mph). The following days saw the winning Supermarine S.6B further break the world speed record twice, making it the first aircraft to break the 400 mph barrier at an average speed of 407.5 mph. The RAeC archives include correspondence files about these – and other – world records.