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Christchurch (N.Z.), Saturday: An R.A.F. Canberra jet bomber today won the great London-New Zealand air race. Flown by Flight-Lieut. Roland Burton, its official time was 23 hours 51 minutes and 7.2 seconds.
An R.A.A.F. .Canberra, piloted by Squadron Leader Peter Raw, finished second (24 hours 32 minutes arid 1.9 seconds) after mechanical trouble at Woomera had cost him 83 minutes.
Burton shattered all pre- vious long-distance records in his flight half-way round thc world in under 24 hours. His Canberra was cheered by a crowd who stood for hours in drizzling rain to see thc finish at Harewood airport.
Thc two R.A.F. planes fol- lowed one another a few minutes apart over the finishing line.
But second place was awarded to the Australian, who had slightly faster
The N Z. Prime Minister (Mr. Holland), in \ve!comin3 Burton, said:
"This is a great day for British aviation, which is undoubtedly supreme at this time."
Burton and his naviga- tor, Flt.-Lt. Cannon, re- ceived thc traditional colorful Maori welcome.
Burton, who did not stretch his legs throughout the whole 12.000 mile flight.
said he had no claim on the £12,500 first prize.
'.I think the Treasury will have something to say about its use," he said.
He would have liked to have met some American competition in the race, he added.
Burton, replying briefly to congratulations from thc N.Z. Governor-General (Si: Willoughby Norrie) said"
'"We arc very plcared to have our feet on the ground We left our wing comman- der (Hodges) in Perth "
Thc crowd following thc broadcast of Burton's con-
versation with thc Christ- j
church control tower had been bewildered by the speed of his approach as he brought his Canberra down from 35,000 feet.
Within a matter of min- utes of reports that he was approaching across the Tas- man Sea thc Canberra was gliding to a halt on thc