Alcock and Brown's Vickers Vimy biplane

Vickers Ltd; Rolls-Royce Ltd1919

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Sir John William Alcock (1892-1919) and Sir Arthur Whitten Brown (1886-1948) made the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic on 14-15 June 1919 in this Vickers Vimy, flying from St John's, Newfoundland and crash-landing in a bog near Clifden, Galway, Ireland. They were knighted by King George V on their return.

The Vimy was designed originally as a heavy bomber to attack Germany and constructed mainly of wood covered by a layer of fabric. Its engines and propellers were made by Rolls-Royce.

Credit: Presented to the Museum by Vickers and Rolls-Royce in December 1919
Object no: 1919-476

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  • Title: Alcock and Brown's Vickers Vimy biplane
  • Creator: Vickers Ltd; Rolls-Royce Ltd
  • Date Created: 1919
  • Location: Weybridge, Surrey, UK