First Crossing

New Release 2022


The first to fly across the Atlantic non-stop wasn’t Charles Lindbergh, but two long-forgotten British airmen.

Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown flew their flimsy wood and fabric modified Vickers Vimy bomber from St. Johns, Newfoundland to Cliveden, Ireland—eight years before Lindbergh’s epic New York to Paris flight. In First Crossing, follow two Royal Air Force officers through terrifying Great War aerial combat before they are shot down and they become prisoners of war. While incarcerated, both independently schemed of a way to win Lord Northcliffe’s £10,000 prize for the first non-stop Trans-Atlantic crossing. Alcock needed an over-ocean navigator; Brown needed a pilot— what proved to be an ideal marriage. Through a combination of luck and their competitor’s bad fortune, Alcock and Brown launched themselves into aviation immortality. Includes 25 images.

A fast-paced, stirring account of a daring aviation achievement by a fellow-flier.
Brendan Lynch, author of Yesterday We Were in America.
Capt Alcock

Captain John Alcock

Capt Brown

Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown

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