One of the two earliest forms of competitive sport with aeroplanes (along with record-breaking distance flights), established in France in the first decade of the 20th century. In England, the Aerial Derby introduced the spectacle of a race around London in the sky, and in 1922 the King's Cup air race further encouraged sporting aviation in the UK. The 1930s, despite the Great Depression, were known as the ‘golden age’ of US air racing. In 1970 the Formula One category—or class—of air racing was held in Britain (Isle of Man) for the first time, and this became the main class to be recognized in the international calendar by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.