Alcock and Brown's Vickers Vimy biplane, 1919.
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Sir John William Alcock (1892-1919) and Sir Arthur Whitten Brown (1886-1948) made the first non-stop flight acros the Atlantic on 14th-15th June 1919 in this Vimy, flying from St John's, Newfoundland and crash-landing in a bog near Clifden, Galway, Ireland. They were knighted by King George V on their return. Designed originally as a heavy bomber to attack Germany and constructed mainly of wood covered by a layer of fabric, Vimys made a number of other long-distance flights, including England to Australia and England to South Africa. Pictured on display in the Flight Gallery of the Science Museum, before 1993. The aeroplane is complete with two Rolls Royce Eagle engines and propellers.