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The Resource On a wing and a prayer : the race that stopped the world, Di Websdale-Morrissey

On a wing and a prayer : the race that stopped the world, Di Websdale-Morrissey

Label
On a wing and a prayer : the race that stopped the world
Title
On a wing and a prayer
Title remainder
the race that stopped the world
Statement of responsibility
Di Websdale-Morrissey
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 1934, Melbourne's Lord Mayor announced a London-to-Melbourne air race to celebrate his city's centenary. The audacious plan captured imaginations across the globe: newspapers and magazines everywhere were filled with it; the world's pilots scrambled to get sponsorship; and the organisers scrambled to get the rules straight and permission to fly in foreign air space. Sixty-four entrants from eleven countries signed up, but only twenty planes eventually took off on 20 October 1934. The winner arrived in Melbourne seventy-one hours later - but three planes crashed and two pilots died in the attempt. The world followed the progress and applauded the winners, Britain's Grovsenor House (outright) and The Netherlands' Uiver (on handicap), but the real climax of the story is the astonishing efforts by the town of Albury in saving the Uiver as it battled through a fierce thunderstorm with no navigational aids, guiding the tiny plane to an emergency landing in the middle of the town with the most quick-thinking, imaginative response to its terrifying predicament. This heroic race, considered the greatest single sporting event in the history of aviation, is a tale of eccentric characters, daring deeds and sublime courage. Di Websdale- Morrissey's page-turning account will have readers holding their breaths, just as the world did eighty-five years ago
Writing style
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10796779
Cataloging source
ANL
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Websdale-Morrissey, Di
Dewey number
797.52
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • MacRobertson International Air Race
  • Airplane racing
  • Airplane racing
  • Airplane racing
  • Aeronautics
  • Aeronautics
  • Air pilots
Target audience
adult
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the race that stopped the world
Label
On a wing and a prayer : the race that stopped the world, Di Websdale-Morrissey
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065437315
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
262 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781925773989
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1103502577
Label
On a wing and a prayer : the race that stopped the world, Di Websdale-Morrissey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065437315
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
262 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781925773989
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1103502577

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