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London-Melbourne Race


Your DC-2 is parked at a ramp at London (Mildenhall). You are the Seventh airplane in row. Mail and food are on-board of the DC-2. We have to wait a few minutes for the other pilot since he's taking his last Dutch cup of coffee and then we can go. Take off from runway 04 or 22 and heading to Prague.
Leg From To Distance
1 EGUN - Mildenhall AB LIRA - Ciampino 804 NM
2 LIRA - Ciampino LGAV - Eleftherios Venizelos Intl 602 NM
3 LGAV - Eleftherios Venizelos Intl OSAP - Aleppo Intl 655 NM
4 OSAP - Aleppo Intl ORBI - Baghdad Intl 395 NM
5 ORBI - Baghdad Intl OIZJ - Jask 849 NM
6 OIZJ - Jask OPKC - Jinnah Intl 514 NM
7 OPKC - Jinnah Intl VIAL - Allahabad 818 NM
8 VIAL - Allahabad VECC - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose In 410 NM
9 VECC - Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose In VYYY - Yangon Intl 612 NM
10 VYYY - Yangon Intl VTBD - Bangkok Intl 324 NM
11 VTBD - Bangkok Intl WMKA - Sultan Abdul Halim 480 NM
12 WMKA - Sultan Abdul Halim WSAP - Paya Lebar 396 NM
13 WSAP - Paya Lebar WIHH - Halim Intl 506 NM
14 WIHH - Halim Intl WADA - Selaparang 582 NM
15 WADA - Selaparang WATT - El Tari 474 NM
16 WATT - El Tari YPDN - Darwin Intl 449 NM
17 YPDN - Darwin Intl YCCY - Cloncurry 784 NM
18 YCCY - Cloncurry YCBA - Cobar 799 NM
19 YCBA - Cobar YMEN - Essendon 382 NM

It took some time but there we are ....it's time to fly your own MacRobertson Air Race or also known as the famous Uiver handicap race.

It's the year 1934.
The MacRobertson Trophy Air Race took place October 1934 as part of the Melbourne Centenary celebrations. The idea of the race was devised by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and a prize fund of $75,000 was put up by Sir Macpherson Robertson, a wealthy Australian confectionery manufacturer, on the conditions that the race be named after his MacRobertson confectionery company, and that it be organised to be as safe as possible. The race was organised by the Royal Aero Club and would run from RAF Mildenhall in East Anglia to Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne. There were 5 compulsory stops at Baghdad, Allahabad, Singapore, Darwin and Charleville, Queensland, otherwise the competitors could choose their own routes.

A further 22 optional stops were provided with stocks of fuel and oil by Shell and Stanavo. The Royal Aero Club put some effort into persuading the countries along the route to improve the facilities at the stopping points. The basic rules were: no limit to the size of aircraft or power, no limit to crew size, no pilot to join aircraft after it left England. Aircraft must carry three days' rations per crew member, floats, smoke signals and efficient instruments. There were prizes for the outright fastest aircraft, and for the best performance on a handicap formula by any aircraft finishing within 16 days. Take off date was set at dawn (6:30) October 20, 1934.

Perhaps more significantly in the development of popular long-distance air travel, the second and third places were taken by passenger transports, with the KLM Douglas DC-2 Uiver gaining a narrow advantage over Roscoe Turner's Boeing 247-D, both completing the course less than a day behind the winner.

Are you interested in the London-Melbourne (MacRobertson Air Race) badge?
We invite you into the wonderfull world of the Royal Dutch Airlines and the PH-AJU, or also known as start number 44 Uiver.

(Listen to a Fly-By DC-2)

According to the old history we have to obey certain rules and regulations for this London-Melbourne route. It was flown of course under VFR conditions (VMC). During the Douglas period there where not even ADF (NDB) or VOR radio beacons available. Since we have to fly as "real as it get's", you will find here a list of rules and regulations to follow.

  • Your flights must be flown online with IVAO or Vatsim.

  • All flights must be flown under VFR (VMC) conditions.
    That means that flights are made during daylight (15 minutes before sunrise till 15 minutes before sunset) and under VMC weather conditions.

  • Maximum flight altitude for the DC-2 aircraft is 7000 feet. When there are mountains on your route of more then 7000 feet, you need to adjust your flightplan and fly around it.

  • Departing station is the apron at Mildenhall (EGUN).
  • You must fly the Handicap Race with the Douglas DC-2.
  • To log your flight you must enter UIVER in the IVAP flightplan at the "Extra information field".