25 NOVEMBER 1932, Page 3

Mrs. Mollison's Flight Mrs. Mollison has flown from London to

the Cape in 4 days, 6 hours and 53 minutes, thus lowering her husband's record by 10 hours and 29 minutes. It was without doubt a magnificent achievement. The pilot's courage and endurance are beyond praise ; she had only five hours' sleep, and at least once rubbed shoulders with disaster. She and her husband are now con- templating a flight home from the Cape, in separate machines, in December. It is difficult to see how such a flight Can teach us much more about the limits of human endurance and the qualities of British aircraft than we have learnt from these two young people already. Their lives are too valuable to be risked for the sake of reducing " records " by margins which can as yet have no practical. value. It is by unspectacular work on terra firma, rather than by heroics in the upper air, that the air route to the Cape must be perfected.