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Race Across the Atlantic: Alcock and Brown's Record-Breaking Non-Stop Flight

Race Across the Atlantic: Alcock and Brown's Record-Breaking Non-Stop Flight (Hardback)

By Vigar, Bruce
By Higgs, Colin

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Based on the graphic, contemporaneous accounts and reports of those involved in the attempts to be first across the Atlantic.

ISBN 9781526747839
Published 3 June 2019 by Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781526747839
ISBN-10 1526747839
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Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Imprint Air World
Publication Date 3 June 2019
International Publication Date 30 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Vigar, Bruce
By Higgs, Colin
Category True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
Aerospace & Aviation Technology
Number of Pages 232
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Transatlantic flights - History - 20th century
NBS Text True Stories
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 629.1309163
Catalogue Code 986637

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Description of this Book

It was Tuesday, 15 July 1919 and for the residents of Clifden on Ireland's west coast this was not to be a normal day. Just before 08.40 hours, descending out of the gloom, came a large, twin-engine aeroplane lining up for final approach. One or two on-lookers recognised the danger straight away for this was an area of soft bog, but their attempts to alert the pilot were in vain. The aircraft began to sink and, with a squelch, came to a sudden stop, the tail rearing up in the air. Dazed and with fuel filling the cockpit the two-man crew scrambled out, grabbing what they could. After a flight lasting 16 hours and 28 minutes, Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten-Brown had won the race to be the first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic. It was a rough ending for a race that began in April 1913 when Lord Rothermere, aviation philanthropist and owner of the Daily Mail, offered a prize of 10,000, roughly equivalent to $1,000,000 in today's money, to the aviator who shall first cross the Atlantic in an aeroplane in flight from any point in the United States of America, Canada or Newfoundland to any point in Great Britain or Ireland in 72 continuous hours'. Illustrated by many unique photographs this book tells the story of the race, delayed for almost six years by the First World War. Many aircraft would be entered but few would even get off the ground. The teams faced great difficulties in preparing for the challenge of crossing one of the most hostile stretches of ocean on Earth. The authors not only reveal tales of failures and technical difficulties, but of the intense frustration of waiting for the perfect weather-window. And even when finally airborne, Alcock and Brown's flight almost ended in disaster on several occasions as weather conditions almost conspired to cast them down into the grey, cold waters of the Atlantic and almost certain death.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

COLIN HIGGS and BRUCE VIGAR are aviation historians with extensive interview experience. Together they have access to a great archive of images, a selection of which have been used here to great effect.

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