'The Trans-Atlantic Air Race', 1919.
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Cover of a menu for a luncheon sponsored by the Daily Mail newspaper to commemorate the first non-stop transatlantic flight, achieved on 14th-15th May 1919 by Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown. Alcock and Brown took 16 hours and 27 minutes to fly their Vickers Vimy from St John's, Newfoundland to Clifden, County Galway, Ireland. For their achievement, the pilots were both knighted, and claimed a £10,000 prize offered by the Daily Mail. The newspaper was prominent in encouraging the early aviators to stretch the boundaries of flight, offering cash prizes to the first pilots to accomplish a range of aviation feats.