1911’s Circuit of Britain race did more than just demonstrate the ever-increasing speed being attained by the era’s aeroplanes. It also exposed many people to flying machines for the first time

Wednesday 26 July 1911: ‘André Beaumont’ (really Jean Louis Conneau) about to land his Blériot back at Brooklands, £10,000 richer for his considerable efforts. ALL PHOTOS VIA PETE LONDON

October 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the first recorded supersonic flight. In tribute to this momentous event, this month’s Aeroplane presents a special section devoted to aviation’s boundarypushing pursuit of ever greater speed

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