Front page of the New York Herald, 16 June 1919.
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'Two British flyers make 1,900 mile dash acros Atlantic to Ireland in 16 hours: Alcock and Brown win 50,000 dollar prize'. Sir John Alcock, (1892-1919) and Sir Arthur Whitten Brown (1886-1948) made the first direct transatlantic flight on 14 June 1919 when they flew from St John's in Newfoundland, Canada to Clifden in County Galway, Ireland. The flight took 16 hours and 27 minutes and culminated in their Vickers Vimy biplane crash-landing on Derrygimla in Clifden. Both men were knighted after the flight.