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    First Nonstop Crossing of the Atlantic by Air.

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    First Nonstop Crossing of the Atlantic by Air.

    First flight, England to Australia.

    Just 50 years ago in 1919 pioneer airmen in many lands were starting to lay the foundations of todays worldwide airline system.

    Prominent among them were John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown (first direct air crossing of the North Atlantic June 14/15, 1919) and the Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith, who, with their air mechanics, Sergeants Bennett and Shiers made the first flight from England to Australia (November 12 - December 10, 1919).

    For both these record flights, which each earned the sum of GBP10,000 prize money, the fliers used Vickers Vimy bombers, built at Weybridge, England and powered by Rolls-Royce Eagle engines. (Today, the Weybridge Division of British Aircraft Corporation builds Super VC10 intercontinental jetliners, the celebrated One-Eleven airliner and plays a major role in the Concorde supersonic airliner programmed.

    Australia Flight.

    a) The Australia flight Vimy at Weybridge.

    b) The brothers Ross and Keith Smith.

    c) Vimy leaves.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2D6FJQ51UGWBJ55UK869RTOM0
    Media URN:
    VLVA2D6FJQ51UGWBJ55UK869RTOM0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1919
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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