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12-16 June: Alcock and Brown centenary celebrations ..

PostPosted:Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:14 pm
by kanga
.. in St John's, Newfoundland :) Good further reason to visit a lovely place, more usually overflown which is a pity.

There are also to be events at Brooklands, I believe

Re: 12-16 June: Alcock and Brown centenary celebrations ..

PostPosted:Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:59 pm
by CloudHound
Even aged 9 I knew I wanted to fly. So looking up at the inscription on the wall of my school I knew exactly the magnitude of the former pupils's achievement.

http://www.blueplaqueplaces.co.uk/john-alcock-blue-plaque-in-lytham-st-annes-1675#.XJarZC10ciM

My Stinson is 80 this year, just 20 years younger than Alcock and Brown's flight.

Humbling. Just so humbling.

Re: 12-16 June: Alcock and Brown centenary celebrations ..

PostPosted:Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:17 pm
by kanga
now received a poster:

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Re: 12-16 June: Alcock and Brown centenary celebrations ..

PostPosted:Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:19 pm
by kanga
.. while someone has overlain the take-off run onto a Google Maps image of St John's today :)

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Re: 12-16 June: Alcock and Brown centenary celebrations ..

PostPosted:Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:44 pm
by kanga
.. and this monument, now outside the Royal Canadian Legion Branch, is where the take-off roll started:

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Re: 12-16 June: Alcock and Brown centenary celebrations ..

PostPosted:Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:45 am
by Paul_Sengupta
kanga wrote:.. while someone has overlain the take-off run onto a Google Maps image of St John's today :)


Grumble,...building on aerodromes...grumble...

Re: 12-16 June: Alcock and Brown centenary celebrations ..

PostPosted:Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:03 am
by kanga
Paul_Sengupta wrote:..

Grumble,...building on aerodromes...grumble...


:)

Of course, Canadians don't need aerodromes when they have handy ponds .. :wink:

Re: 12-16 June: Alcock and Brown centenary celebrations ..

PostPosted:Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:13 pm
by Rob L
Thank you Kanga for promoting the correct transatlantic flight history.

And thank you CloudHound likewise.

So many people misconstrue who the first transatlantic flyers were; particularly our American cousins :roll: . (this screenshot taken two minutes ago):



The second link (in blue) in the above image does refer to the Alcock & Brown flight...I'm just disappointed that it is not the first in Google.

So my hat off to you both.

Rob

Re: 12-16 June: Alcock and Brown centenary celebrations ..

PostPosted:Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:20 pm
by Rob L
And 25 years after their flight, D-Day took place.

There were some great advances in aviation in those few years :D (as well as great advances in killing people :( )