BLERIOT CHASES CURTISS1909 BENNETT CUP.
2 large black and white photographs, each approximately 10 x 12 inches, mounted.
Detailed and striking telephoto shots of Glenn Curtiss flying his Curtiss No 2 and Louis Blériot in hot pursuit in his Blériot XII, during the first Gordon Bennett Trophy race in August 1909. The time trial was held during the Grande Semaine d'Aviation at Reims, and consisted of two laps of the 10 kilometer circuit. Curtiss won this first competition, completing the course in 15 minutes and 50 seconds; Blériot took six seconds longer. The Trophy was funded by the eponymous publisher of the New York Herald.