Alcock & Brown

“their flight across the Atlantic”

By Rowan Pritchard

Who Were Alcock & Brown

John Alcock was born in 1892, Old Trafford, England. in 1913/14. He became a military pilot durring World War I. Alcock was the pilot for the Atlantic flight. Alcock was killed on December 18, 1919 whilst flying the new Vickers Viking to the Paris airshow.

Arthur Whitten Brown was born in Glasgow in 1886. Arthur was an engineer. when visiting Vickers engineering firm he was asked to be the navigator for the transatlantic flight with John Alcock.

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 together. The bog they crashed into was on a more called Derrygimlagh Moor. There exact landing point was:

53°26′N 10°01′W they carried 865 gallons (3,900 L) of fuel.

Fun Facts About The Journey

The End

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