The First Successful Nonstop Transatlantic Flight

In 1913 a competition was opened by a British newspaper with a prize of ten thousand pounds for whomever will be the first to fly across the Atlantic. Although the competition was shortly canceled at the start of the First World War it reopened shortly after it and two pilots took notice. Two british pilots John Alcock and Arthur Brown started their flight on june 14, 1919, in their biplane Vickers Vimy. The pilots departed in Newfoundland, Canada, they flew non-stop in challenging weather for sixteen hours. Despite the challenging weather the pilots landed safely in Ireland and won the prize.