First Crossing: The 1919 Trans-Atlantic Flight of Alcock and Brown

Sunday, May 28th, 2023, at 2:30 pm via Zoom

The first to fly across the Atlantic non-stop wasn’t Charles Lindbergh, but two long-forgotten British airmen. Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown flew their flimsy, wood and fabric, modified Vickers Vimy bomber from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Cliveden, Ireland on June 14-15, 1919 — eight years before Lindbergh’s epic 1927 New York to Paris flight.

In First Crossing: The 1919 Trans-Atlantic Flight of Alcock and Brown, author Captain Robert O. Harder follows two Royal Air Force officers through terrifying Great War aerial combat before they are shot down and become prisoners of war. While incarcerated, both independently schemed of a way to win Lord Northcliffe’s £10,000 prize for the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic. Alcock needed an over–ocean navigator; Brown needed a pilot — what proved to be an ideal marriage. Through a combination of luck and their competitor’s bad fortune, Alcock and Brown launched themselves into aviation immortality.

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