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RESULT OF TESTS.
The low-powered trials organised by the New South Wales section of the Aero Club were concluded at Richmond to-day.
Mr. D. Macarthur Onslow's machine, piloted by Captain E. W. Percival, secured first place, winning the £500 prize. Squadron-Leader Wackett came second, and Lieut. Ross third.
Captain Follett, in a DH53 monoplane, amassed the highest number of points, but as he piloted the machine which is the property of the Defence Department he was unable to win the prize. Captain Follett commenced at 5 a.m. his attempt to cover the 242 miles which he had to do in order to beat Hinckler's world record of 1010 miles. Up to the commencement of to-day's flying he had done 768 miles. Captain Follett was obliged to discontinue his reliability work during the afternoon in order to participate in the Derby programme. He figured in the balloon hunt, and afterwards lined up with the other planes for the Derby. The bad weather towards the end of the afternoon prevented him from covering the eleven laps or so which he was required to do to beat Hinkler's reliability record of 1010 miles. His small Blackburn Tomtit engine was functioning ex- cellently on Saturday, and there is no doubt that Follett would have achieved his objec- tive had official arrangements not interfered with his plans. The Aero Club realises this, and has therefore allowed Follett full flying time on Monday to make up for the delay. Unless the unforeseen occurs he will break Hinckler's record, as his plane for the past two days has been running splendidly. At the present time he has about 100 miles to go.
Captain Percival's victory in the low-power- ed trials in not surprising. It was obvious
408 miles; Captain Percival 34 laps, 315 miles; Squadron-leader Wackett 27 laps, 250 miles; Csptain Ross 2 laps, 18½ miles.
The fastest times for one lap-9¼ miles-were as follows:-Captain Follett, 7m 52 1-5s; Cap- tain Ross, 7m 55s; Captain Jones, 8m 18 2-5s; Captain Percival, 8m 18 4-5s; Squadron-leader
Wackett, 8m 56 3-5s.