Yesterday We Were in America -
Alcock and Brown - First to Fly the Atlantic Non-Stop
On June 14, 1919 John Alcock and Arthur Brown took off from Newfoundland in their open-cockpit Vickers Vimy converted bomber to attempt a non-stop crossing of the Atlantic.
Some 16 hours later they landed at Derrygimla in Connemara, Ireland, to become national heroes. Navigating blind for most of the way, they had flown almost 1,900 miles, the longest distance ever flown by man.