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Alcock & Brown

“their flight across the


By Rowan Pritchard
Who Were Alcock & Brown
● John Alcock was born in
1892, Old Trafford, ● Arthur Whitten Brown
England. was born in Glasgow in
● in 1913/14. He became a 1886.
military pilot durring ● Arthur was an engineer.
World War I.
● when visiting Vickers
● Alcock was the pilot for engineering firm he was
the Atlantic flight. asked to be the
● Alcock was killed on navigator for the
December 18, 1919 transatlantic flight with
whilst flying the new John Alcock.
Vickers Viking to the
Paris airshow.
The Beginning
● In April 1913 (renewed in
1918), the London Daliy
Mail offered £10,000 to:
● the aviator who shall first
cross the Atlantic in an
aeroplane in flight from any
point in the United States
of America, Canada or
Newfoundland to any point
in Great Britan or Ireland in
72 continuous hours.
● Alcock and Brown took
of from St. John's,
Newfoundland in 1919.
The Plane
● Alcock and Brown flew a modified
Vickers Vimy with two Rolls-Royce
Eagle Engines each at 360 HP.
● The plane had an open cockpit

meaning that the plane often filled

up with snow.
The Flight
● They took of from Lester's field, Newfoundland
at 1:45pm, June 14, 1919.
● They crashed when poor visibility ment they
misidentified a bog as a suitable grass field to
land their aircraft.
● They had spent around fourteen-and-a-half
hours over the North Atlantic crossing the coast
at 4.28pm, having flown 1890 miles (3040 km)
in 15 hours 57 minutes at an average speed of
115 mph.
Upon Arrival

● Alcock and Brown were treated as heroes after the flight.

● In addition to the Daily Mail award of £10,000, the crew
received 2,000 guineas from the Ardath Tobacco Company
and £1,000 from Lawrence R. Phillips for being the first
British people to fly the Atlantic Ocean.
● Both men were knighted a few days later by King George V.
Fun Facts About The Men

● Alcock and Brown were

both held as prisoners of
war in WW1.
● They were both knighted
after there flight.
● They did recive 10,000
pounds fro the daliy mail
for being the frist people to
fly across the Atlantic.
● The trip nearly ended in disaster many times
owing to engine trouble, fog, snow and ice.
Brown's climbing out on the wings to remove
ice from the engine and Alcock's excellent
piloting despite extremely poor visibility at
times were the only things keeping it all
● The bog they crashed into was on a more
called Derrygimlagh Moor.
● There exact landing point was:
53°26′N 10°01′W
Fun Facts
they carried 865 gallons (3,900 L) of fuel. About The
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