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    Sean Lemass, Deputy Prime Minister of Eire, was filmed June 15 by VISNEWS unveiling a 14-ft limestone memorial, at Clifden, County Galway, to Sir John Alcock and Sir Arthur Whitten-Brown --- first men to fly non-stop across the north Atlantic.

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    Sean Lemass, Deputy Prime Minister of Eire, was filmed June 15 by VISNEWS unveiling a 14-ft limestone memorial, at Clifden, County Galway, to Sir John Alcock and Sir Arthur Whitten-Brown --- first men to fly non-stop across the north Atlantic.

    Shaped like an aircraft tail fin, the memorial has been erected just one and a half miles from the place where the Vickers 'Vimy' bomber landed --- exactly 40 years ago.

    Present at the unveiling ceremony were two brothers of Sir John Alcock, and Mr. F.H. Teague, first man to reach the plane when it landed. -- 16 hours, 27 minutes after the take-off.

    Recalling the epic flight, Deputy Premier Lemass said: "They had no navigational equipment, no weather ships, no automatic pilot and even n protection from the weather in their open cockpit". It was not easy to appreciate the magnitude of the adventure of measure the courage for which it called.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAEJNV014O6JRUI8LIS2HZRT8M
    Media URN:
    VLVAAEJNV014O6JRUI8LIS2HZRT8M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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