King’s Cup Air Race 1952

It wasn’t all sleek modernity in 1952. That year’s King’s Cup Air Race was dominated by the vintage and veteran — much to The Aeroplane’s chagrin

‘Nat’ Somers rounds a turn in his Miles Gemini 3, G-AKDC, which came home 14th. KEY COLLECTION
The meeting’s only serious incident befell Fg Off M. R. T. Chandler during the Norton-Griffiths Trophy, when he flew Miles Hawk Trainer G-AKRV into high-tension cables on the boundary of Woolsington airfield while diving for the line. According to The Aeroplane, “the cables snapped, depriving a nearby village of electricity, but allowed Chandler’s machine to carry on flying without much difficulty”. He still finished second.
The delectable lines of the Ambrosini Supersette, I-RAIN, which travelled a long way for nothing.

It was a big deal, the King’s Cup Air Race. Whether or not the National Air Races meeting really rated, as The Aeroplane claimed, as “Event of the past week to many thousands of people in this country and the Commonwealth” must be slightly open to question. But the flagship contest’s prestige remained.

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