Letter delivered by the first trans-Atlantic flight, 1919.
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'I certify that this letter was brought to England by the Vickers Vimy-Rolls aeroplane which left St John's, Newfoundland, on the 14 June 1919, and landed in Ireland less than seventeen hours afterwards, thus accomplishing the first trans-Atlantic Flight in history.' Authentication signed by the High Commissioner for Newfoundland in London, 22 July 1919, stating that the letter in the envelope shown here was delivered by the first successful non-stop trans-Atlantic mail flight, made by Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur W Brown on 14 June 1919. Alcock and Brown flew 1960 miles in 16 hours 12 minutes.