Who Made The First Nonstop Transatlantic Flight?
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The first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, from Newfoundland, Canada, to Ireland, was made by two British aviators, John W. Alcock (1892-1919) and Arthur W. Brown (1886-1948). The flight was made on June 14 and 15, 1919.
The aircraft, a converted twin-engine Vickers Vimy bomber, took 16 hours 27 minutes to fly 1,890 miles (3,032 kilometers). Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974) made the first solo flight across the Atlantic on May 20 and 21, 1927, in the single-engined plane Spirit of St. Louis. This plane had a wingspread of 46 feet (15 meters) and a chord length (from tip to tail) of 7 feet (2.2 meters). Lindbergh's flight from New York to Paris covered a distance of 3,609 miles (5,089 kilometers) and lasted 33.5 hours.
The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic was Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), who flew from Newfoundland to Ireland on May 20 and 21, 1932.
Source: Encyclopedia of Aviation, pp. 12-13, 64, 119.
Charles Lindbergh, May 20-21, 1927, in the Spirit of St. Louis
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