The stories of aviators who challenged the Atlantic Ocean between 1919 and the end of the Second World War. It tells how these pioneers lived and, all too often, died in their quest for glory. Heavily illustrated throughout.
On June 14, 1919, a Vickers Vimy biplane lumbered into the air from a field in St John’s, Newfoundland. More than sixteen hours and 3,000 kilometres later, the British crew of John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown brought the aircraft down to a crash landing in a bog near Clifden, Ireland. The race to fly across the Atlantic Ocean had been won.
It is hard for us today to fully appreciate the celebrity status accorded Alcock and Brown their contemporaries in the world of aviation. Aircraft were flimsy, unreliable novelties and the men and women who flew them possessed incredible courage, daring and vision. Many of them have been forgotten, but others have become legends: Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post and Richard Byrd.
This book tell the stories of aviators who challenged the Atlantic Ocean between 1919 and the end of the Second World War. It tells how these pioneers lived and, all too often, died in their quest for glory.
'beautifully illustrated ... a treasure trove of information about the early days of flight'
'a fascinating account of the early history of transatlantic aviation, amply illustrated with evocative photographs from the period'