Team Raynham and Morgan, Martinsyde - The Great 1919 Transatlantic Air Race
Friday April 11 1919
Second British Team to Enter the Race Raynham and Morgan Arrive in St. John's with their Martinsyde Aircraft.
The Martinsyde airplane had just arrived from England on the S.S. Sachem.
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They were well into the takeoff run when suddenly, without warning the undercarriage collapsed after striking a small ridge just as it looked like she was finally ready to take to the air. The force on the collapsing gear pitched the ship downward and she plummeted into the the ground nose first.
May 18 1919 The Raymor's ground crew, were feverishly readying the big biplane for flight. The crowd was obviously hampering the operations and the crew were starting to show their frustration by physically pushing back the worst offenders.
"Half the town must be here to watch this spectacle; I bet Hawker and Grieve didn't have anything like this size of a crowd to contend with this morning, when they were gassing up the Sopwith."
The Americans were in the air, the Sopwith Atlantic with Hawker and Grieve had been spooked into a premature move by the Navy's NC's departure.