Heroes in a bog: The story of the first transatlantic flight

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Heroes in a bog: The story of the first transatlantic flight

Here's a look back at Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown's historic feat 100 years ago

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When two British pilots steered a biplane across the vast Atlantic 100 years ago, battling frozen sleet and thick fog for more than 16 hours, they were making aviation history.

With their harrowing 3,000km crossing, Captain John Alcock and navigator Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown completed the world’s first non-stop transatlantic flight.

Here is a look back at their groundbreaking journey between Newfoundland in Canada and Ireland on June 14-15, 1919...

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