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#1699400
Thanks for publishing that.

I once flew out to Clifden from Galway (when Galway had an airport) and went out to sea for a few miles before turning back inland, curious to know what they might have seen.

Ahead of me, the Twelve Pins (the mountains of Connemara) rose sharply out of the coastal plain. On this day, the tops were grazing the cloubase and I could image that to Alcock and Brown they might have looked like a barrier preventing further progress inland.

Routing toward the monument, I became aware of a rectangular looking patch of green amongst the rocky terrain. I took a bit of a double take, as there is no airfield recorded here. It really did look like a strip, even quite close in, and was of course the famous bog where they landed. The rectangular shape is co-incidental, but to those tired eyes, contemplating the mountains ahead, I could imagine how welcoming it must have looked.

Theirs was an amazing achievement, by any measure.
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#1699404
I was crossing the Atlantic in 2005 when we had a call on 123.45 for a relay. The callsign was NX71MY, which sadly I recognised :cyclopsani:

I said, sure, we can give you a relay, is that Steve ?

No was the reply, it's Mark, Steve is sleeping.

It was Steve Fossett and Mark Rebholz re creating the crossing flight. By the time I got home, drove home, had a rest, they were still airborne !
#1699570
The crash site is by the Marconi radio station.
If it wasn’t due to some sort of RDF then this is an incredible coincidence.
I read somewhere that at the time there was an airstrip nearby.

Maybe the first instance of going below the MDA on an NDB approach?
#1699578
MichaelP wrote:The crash site is by the Marconi radio station.
If it wasn’t due to some sort of RDF then this is an incredible coincidence.
I read somewhere that at the time there was an airstrip nearby.

Maybe the first instance of going below the MDA on an NDB approach?


According to the pilots' logs, the turbine driving the generator failed early in the flight, so their wireless did not work. Even if it had, I'm not sure whether they had an ADF nor whether the Marconi station would have had any DF capability. The logs suggest a combination of impressive DR, especially having no gyros for flying in IMC, combined with the occasional star-/sunshot. They give various 'fixes' en route. Someone I know on the St John's commemoration team has plotted these on a contemporary North Atlantic chart for display at the events there, and sent me an image showing a track with a few distinct corrections.

They ended up pretty close to their intended landfall, presumably the nearest by great circle from St John's. It is perhaps unsurprising that Marconi should have set up a radio station there, to communicate with theirs in Newfoundland; it was a time when little was still known about wireless propagation 'over the horizon', and it would have been reasonable to suppose that 'closer was better'.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transatla ... _and_Brown
#1699663
This is the aviation achievement that most Americans have never heard of isn't it ?

At least , if my experience is anything to go by .

I took a colleague from LA to the Goodwood Revival a few years back and he seemed quite mystified when looking over the Vimy replica . It's 'N' reg. tail no. didn't help much either , especially when I attempted to point out that the original was built by British people at a place called Brooklands..... :o

But a fantastic and under-rated acievement I reckon , plus they had twice as much chance of an engine failure than Lindbergh did . :pale: and beat him by 8 years.. :thumright:

There's some amazing footage somewhere of the replica coming into Deanland in 2005.
Damned if I can find it though !
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