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MELBOURNE, August 16. An RAAF Canberra jet bomber, flying from Amberley <Q) to Christchurch (N.Z.) today, set a new trans-Tasman record. It covered the 1345 miles In 2 hrs 25 nuns.
At 1.53 p.m. the Canberra touched down at Laverton (Melbourne) to end a 14,000 mile flight in 28 hours, flying time. An hour and a half be- fore lt arrived the first Austra- lian-built Canberra jet left Laverton on an 8325-mile flight.
The Canberras are preparing for the London-Christchurch Centenary air race and, af the same time are smashing many Australasian air records. Be- tween Amberley and Christ- church the plane averaged 640 miles an hour.