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The initial flight in New Zealand of the Bleriot monoplane Britannia presented to the Defence Foaces wbb made at Epsom on Saturday afternoon by Lieutenant J, J. Hammond Koyal Flying Corps. For a quarter of an hour Mr Hammond had the machine in the nir, thoroughly testing it, as a preliminary to the publio exhibition on Anniversary Day, Jan vary 29. He took the machine out a«ain on Sunday morning and for about an hour was Hying above the city and harbour. Saturday's flight was made in a strong wind, but without mishap. The commence ment of the first flight was witnessed by a small, deeply interested crowd. Nine men held the machine while Mr Hammond climbed into his seat, started the engine, and adjusted his goggles. Then he gave the signal and the machine was released. After a short run over the Show Ground it rose sharply in the air, the booming of the engine rapidly diminishing us it raced away due west, Mr Hammond circled around seven or eight times at a height of a few hundred feet nsirig and falling in a manner that displnyed absolute command over -tho machine. He finished the flight .with an easy landing. For a time he travelled at a speed of at least eighty miles on hour.

The flight over the town on Sunday morn ing was entirely unexpected. People suddenly beard a rhythmic throbbing noise, and there poised gracefully between the earth and the blue sky, was the Britannia in rapid fliglr Auckland talked of reroplanen for the rest of the day. When Mr Hammond left the hangar, the weather conditions were socd and he thought he would go soma way over a°« 7 ' , He circled above tho Bxhibi ion and flew down above the streets to tbe water, front. Over the Waitemata the moDoplano' soared, and seeking out the warships Psyche and Philomel, dipped in her course as a mark of respect to the white ensign. Having also 6 aluted H.M.S. Pyraniua the monoplane

wheeled citywards rgain and flew by way o' Mount Eden to the Show Ground.', where it made a beautiful descent. The flight occupied nearly an hcur, and in order to let the people see the machine, Mr Hammond kept as low a3 possible. The engine worked perfectly the waole time, but the planes were not answering properly to the controls. The rudder aad elevator planes were, ecting properly, and Mi Hammond was able to do some pretty evolulions. Once he bad the wings at right augles of instead of parallel with the earth. In th 1 language of airmen this is called *' standing her on h-v wing tip " .

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THE GIFT AEROPLANE, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4365, 20 January 1914

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THE GIFT AEROPLANE Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4365, 20 January 1914

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