VIDEO FEATURE: Circuit of Britain air race
The Circuit of Britain air race of 1911 was designed to push the early aviators to the limit.BBC News: Centenary of the Circuit of Britain air race celebrated
Just eight years after the Wright Brothers' first powered flight - which lasted only 12 seconds - 30 pilots risked their lives in a 1,000 mile air race around Britain.
Archive film shows how experimental their flying machines were - some crashed on take-off.
One hundred years after the race, replica and original planes took to skies over Bedfordshire to recapture the adventurous spirit of the pioneers of flight.
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- Natalie Graham