Menu for the 'Daily Mail' Alcock and Brown Luncheon, 1919.
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Sir John Alcock (1892-1919) and Arthur Whitten Brown (1886-1948) made the first non-stop transatlantic flight on 14-15 June 1919, using a Vickers-Vimy biplane. They also carried several items of mail with them and in doing so, effectively transported the first transatlantic airmail to Britain. They shared £10,000 prize money awarded by the London Daily Mail, and both received knighthoods. The flight, which took place between St John's in Newfoundland, Canada, and Clifden in County Galway, Ireland, took 16 hours and 27 minutes and culminated in their Vickers Vimy crash-landing on Derrygimla bog in Clifden. Items on the menu include 'Vickers-Vimy Spring Chicken' and a 'Clifden Salad'.