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The First Non-stop Atlantic Flight
100 years ago today, Sir John Alcock and Sir Arthur Whitten Brown left Newfoundland in a modified Vickers Vimy aeroplane (above) to make the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, winning the Daily Mail’s prize of £10,000. They completed the crossing on the following day, 15 June 1919, after a flight lasting 15 hours and 57 minutes, famously crash-landing in a bog near Clifden, County Galway in Ireland (below, left). Two days later, they returned to London, to huge celebrations (below, right). For more about this famous pioneering flight, see the account on the RAF Museum web-site, at