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