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The Great Atlantic Air Race The Magical Early Days of Flight by Gavin Will
  

The Great Atlantic Air Race The Magical Early Days of Flight

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The Great Atlantic Air Race The Magical Early Days of Flight by Gavin Will

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.

Reviews

'beautifully illustrated ... a treasure trove of information about the early days of flight'
Connaught Tribune and Galway City Tribune

'a fascinating account of the early history of transatlantic aviation, amply illustrated with evocative photographs from the period'
Books Ireland

About the Author

Gavin Will owns Boulder Publications, a book publishing firm in Newfoundland, Canada, that specializes in non-fiction. Previously, he worked as a business journalist, writing for Reuters, Bloomberg News, the Globe and Mail, and several oil industry publications. With a lifelong love for history, his interest in transatlantic aviation was piqued by the central role Newfoundland played during the pioneer years of aviation, when such well known pilots as Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh visited its shores during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd October 2011

Author

Gavin Will

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Publisher

O'Brien Press Ltd

Format

Hardback
232 pages

Categories

Aerospace & aviation technology
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781847172310

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