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  • 100th anniversary today (15 June)

    Today is the 100th anniversary of the first non stop trans atlantic flight

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/bM5diyl48K/alcock
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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    Originally posted by MarkV View Post
    Today is the 100th anniversary of the first non stop trans atlantic flight

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/bM5diyl48K/alcock
    Alcock & Brown are being celebrated in Newfoundland as well:

    "For Tony Alcock, nephew of the first transatlantic pilot, flight is a family affair ...

    ...I find it very exciting because I've always though about coming here," he said, "and already I have received the welcome that Alcock and Brown received when they came here."

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfo...sary-1.5138571



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    • #3
      It's surprising how many people forget this epic flight.
      "I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight".
      Samuel Johnson.

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      • #4
        Had the war continued into 1919 the Vickers Vimy bomber might have become the WW1 equivalent of the B17 as it was intended that large numbers would be built in US and Canadian factories and flown by US airmen on daylight raids against German industry whilst the four engined I500 Handley Pages of the RAF bombed by night. A long range version of the Sopwith Snipe was intended to fill the role of the P47 and P51. Both bombers were deemed capable of hitting Berlin.

        As it was various versions of the Vimy with somewhat bulbous fuselages pioneered early airborne warfare operations whilst others became early airliners. With their completely enclosed passenger cabins (but with curtained opening windows), comfortable chairs and stewards serving G&Ts and/or cream teas these helped to make civil aviation acceptable in the 20s - for the wealthy at least.

        BTW there used to be a non PC joke that went

        Sammy Davis Junior was the first to fly the Atlantic
        No that was Alcock and Brown
        Exactly
        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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