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Daily Mail Front Cover – 16 June 1919

Between 1906 and 1930, the Daily Mail newspaper, initially on the initiative of its proprietor, Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe,[1] awarded numerous prizes for achievements in aviation. The newspaper would stipulate the amount of a prize for the first aviators to perform a particular task in aviation or to the winner of an aviation race or event. The most famous prizes were the £1,000 for the first cross-channel flight awarded to Louis Blériot in 1909 and the £10,000 given in 1919 to Alcock and Brown for the first non-stop transatlantic flight between North America and Ireland.

The prizes are credited with advancing the course of aviation during the early years, with the considerable sums offered becoming a much-coveted goal for the field's pioneers.[2]

PrizesEdit

Year announced Year awarded Prize Amount (£) Adjusted 2019 amount Winner(s)
1906 1910 London to Manchester flight 10,000 £1,002,700 Louis Paulhan
1907 1907 Model aeroplane competition 100 £10,400 Alliott Verdon Roe, W. Howard
1908 Quarter mile out and return flight 100 £10,300 Henri Farman
1908 1909 Cross-channel flight 1,000 £102,400 Louis Blériot
1909 Circular mile by a British aircraft 1,000 £102,400 John Moore-Brabazon
1909 1909 Fastest lap at Blackpool Aviation Week 1,000 £102,400 Henri Farman[3]
1910 Second cross-channel flight 100 £10,000 Jacques de Lesseps
1910 1910 Best cross-country aggregate 1,000 £100,300 Louis Paulhan
1910 1911 Circuit of Britain race 10,000 £1,000,300 André Beaumont (Jean Conneau)[4]
1912 1912 Aerial Derby cup 105 £10,200 Thomas Sopwith
1913 1913 Aerial Derby cup 105 £10,100 Gustav Hamel
1913,[A 1] 1918[5] 1919 Transatlantic flight 10,000 £451,400 Alcock and Brown[6]
1913[7] -- Circuit of Great Britain for "waterplanes" 5,000 £483,300 [6]
1914 1914 Aerial Derby cup 105 £9,900 W. L. Brock
1914 Cancelled Circuit of Great Britain 5,000 £471,300
1919 1919 Aerial Derby cup 210 £9,500 Gerald Gathergood
1923 1923 Economy flight for motor gliders 1,000 £56,000
1925 1926 Economy flight for dual-control light aircraft of British construction 3,000 £171,000 George Bulman (Hawker Cygnet)[8]
1930 1930 Solo flight from England to Australia 10,000 £621,000 Amy Johnson[9][10]

In addition, four "consolation" prizes were awarded:

Year announced Year awarded Prize Amount (£) Winner(s)
1906 1910 London to Manchester flight 105 Claude Grahame-White
1910 1911 Round-Britain flight 200 Jules Védrines
1913 1913 Round-Britain flight for British "waterplanes" 1,000 Harry Hawker
1913 1919 Transatlantic flight 5,000 Harry Hawker, Kenneth Mackenzie Grieve

See alsoEdit

AnnotationsEdit

  1. ^ Suspended during the war and renewed in 1918 with different conditions

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Direct initiative of Lord Northcliffe Flight" PDF Archive, 6 September 1913
  2. ^ Such, Colin. "The Daily Mail's Sponsorship of British Pioneer Aviation". Warwick & Warwick. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Blackpool Aviation Week October 18th. to 23rd". Flight magazine. 16 October 1909. pp. 645–650.
  4. ^ Lewis 1970, pp. 43–44.
  5. ^ 1918 conditions for £10,000 prize
  6. ^ a b "The New Daily Mail Prizes." (pdf), Flight, Flight Global Archive, 5 April 1913
  7. ^ Map showing the course to be followed Flight, 16 August 1913
  8. ^ "Lympne Competition 1926", Flight PDF Archive, 23 September 1926
  9. ^ Charles Loch Mowat (1955). Britain Between the Wars, 1918–1940. Methuen. p. 239. ISBN 978-0-416-29510-8.
  10. ^ Johnson was also awarded the Harmon Trophy for her achievement

ReferencesEdit

  • Lewis, Peter. British Racing and Record-Breaking Aircraft. London:Putnam, 1970. ISBN 0-370-00067-6.