BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: UK
Front Page 
World 
UK 
England 
Northern Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

Saturday, 10 March, 2001, 16:35 GMT
In Pictures: London to Sydney Air Race
Spirits are high at Biggin Hill airfield in Kent, as teams from 10 different countries gear up for the start of an historic air race to Sydney, Australia.

The pilots will tackle one of aviation's toughest round-the-world routes in a range of propeller-powered aircraft, taking in such sites as the Taj Mahal and Ayers Rock along the way.

Pilot at the Biggin Hill airfield
Kick start: One of the 38 flying enthusiasts gets ready for a spin at Biggin Hill airfield in Kent

Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodrill
"Granny pilot" Jennifer Murray, 60, and her co-pilot will fly the only helicopter in the race

A 1954 Albatross
Good old days: This 1954 Albatross will be the oldest aircraft taking part

The crew of the Albatross
Sydney-bound: The Albatross's US crew will compete against teams from nine other countries

Two spectators watch a fly-past of the teams
Plane spotters: Two enthusiasts watch a fly-past of the propeller-powered aircraft

Polly Walker
Measuring up: Three-year-old Polly Walker carries out her own pre-race inspection
Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Links to more UK stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more UK stories