Sir John Alcock, British aviator

Sir John Alcock, British aviator

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Caption: Sir John Alcock (1892-1919), British aviator. Alcock was the pilot of the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic from 14-15 June 1919. He was accompanied by Arthur W. Brown as navigator. They covered a distance of 3040 kilometres from Canada to Ireland in 16 hours, using a Vickers Vimy bomber. The plane crash-landed in a bog, but both men were unhurt. They received a prize of 10,000 pounds and were both knighted a few days later by King George V. Alcock died later the same year, on 15 December, when the plane he was flying crashed in fog near Rouen, France. Photograph from the Bain News Service.

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