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Aerial Derby 1914
100 years ago, the Third Aerial Derby, which had been postponed from 23 May owing to bad weather, was won by the US pilot, Walter Brock. Brock was born on 16 September 1885 in Illinois, where he learned to fly, and he died there on 27 December 1964 at the age of 79. He left America in 1911 to take part in European air racing events. On 17 August 1912, he earned his British Aviator’s Certificate (above, from the RAeC Collection) on a Deperdussin monoplane. However, by 1914, he had switched to a Morane-Saulnier monoplane, in which he became unbeatable. When war broke out and air racing ended, Brock returned to America. The photographs of the 1914 Aerial Derby (below) are from a set of images in the RAeC Collection. These can be browsed in the Photographs section of this web-site. High-resolution images of these and other items in the Collection are available, subject to terms and conditions.