AKA Arthur Whitten Brown
Sir John William Alcock & Sir Arthur Whitten Brown
Sir John William Alcock & Sir Arthur Whitten Brown
     "In 1919, John Alcock and Sir Arthur Whitten Brown made the first nonstop transatlantic flight when they flew from Newfoundland, Canada to County Galway, Ireland. The more than 3,000 kilometer trip lasted just over 16 hours.
     Over the course of their flight the pair got lost in sleet and darkness, Sir Arthur Whitten Brown was forced to climb out of the cockpit to clear ice from the plane, they went into uncontrolled spins, at times were forced to fly upside down, and finished the flight with a crash landing"

Photograph & legend from:

     Early in 1911, Alfred Moisant opened an aviation school at Hempstead Plains, near Garden City, Long Island, where a vast acreage was admirably adaptable to practice flying. Alfred had the assistance of Harold Kantner, an early exhibition flyer, as well as of George H. Arnold, Mortimer F.. Bates,
Arthur Whitten Brown and Chief Pilot Shakir S. Jerwan---"all licensed aviators," as the prospectus put it
From Henry Villard's CONTACT
The Story of the Early Birds
Thomas Y. Crowell Co.

via email from Brendan Lynch, 9-2-09
     Stories about Brown climbing on Vimy's wing are a myth, as my book explains - thanks, not to me, but to the late curator of London Science Museum, where the Atlantic plane now resides. He stood up in cockpit and swivelled around in confined space - painful for a man with his wartime leg injuries - and cleared (several times) snow from fuel-overflow gauge on a strut a metre above his head.
     Should any of your site afficionados want a signed copy of the book, we'll arrange a modest discount (www.brendanlynch

     If you search for "Arthur Whitten Brown +aviation" using Google, (8-24-03), you will find about 261 links! Among the most helpful are the following:
Alcock and Brown - Great Britain
The First Non-Stop Aerial Crossing of the Atlantic
     This webpage, on The Aviation History Online Museum website of Solomon August Andrée - Sweden, offers a very comprehensive story of the event, illustrated with several fascinating photographs. It includes a link to a full description of the Vickers F.B.27 Vimy airplane which they used for the crossing. The story is told in exquisite detail and will hold your interest to the very end. To access the site, click on the title above.
     This webpage is found on the Flights of Inspiration website. It is one of four different sections, First Flight, Long Flight, Your Own Flight and Teachers' Zone.
"Flights of Inspiration" was created by The Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Science Museum, London in affiliation with the Science Learning Network a program of Unisys and leading science museums, worldwide."
     It offers brief biographies of both John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown as well as sections on Before the Flight, The Flight, After the Flight and The Aircraft. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.
       If you want to learn more of the details of the story, you have available a multitude of links.
University of Manchester
     This page offers several photos and brief biographies of former students of the University of Manchester, including the one you find at the top of this page. The biographical notes are as follows:
"Sir Arthur Whitten Brown (Aviator)
Former UMIST student, the late Sir Arthur Whitten Brown, made history when he completed the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Ireland in 1919 along with the late Sir John Alcock."

     You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

Yesterday We Were in America
Yesterday We Were in America

Brendan Lynch
Product Details
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Haynes Publishing
     (November 1, 2009)
List Price: $23.07
ISBN-10: 1844256812
ISBN-13: 978-1844256815

  Editorial Reviews
On 14 June 1919 John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown took off from Newfoundland in their open-cockpit Vickers Vimy converted bomber to attempt a non-stop crossing of the Atlantic. Some 16 hours later they landed at Derrygimla in Connemara, Ireland, to become national heroes. Navigating blind for most of the way, they had flown almost 1,900 miles, the longest distance ever flown by man. In researching one of the most significant flights in history, Brendan Lynch has drawn on the written records of Alcock and Brown, and interviewed the last surviving witness of their dramatic arrival in Ireland and the adventurer Steve Fossett, who recreated the flight in 2005.

Arthur Whitten Brown died in 1948.

Editor's Note:
If you have any information on this Early Flier,
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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