Question #66eee

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Feb 23, 2018

Its pushed the boundaries or endurance, reliability and navigation opening the door to intercontinental flights


Alcock and Brown made the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in June 1919 some 16 years after the first manned flight that's a leap forward from 200 yard to 1890 Miles....

The possibilities of long distance flight had been demonstrated in Word War 1 with the very first strategic bombers (both German and British) so the technology was there but the Atlantic has no landmarks so navigation was critical as was reliability as forced landing in the North Atlantic would have been fatal

The possibilities were plain to see, the military advancement of long range flight and the opportunity to cut the passenger transit time from days to hours would become a financial money spinner

There was also the issue of national pride, the "Blue Riband" was well a established honour for the fastest Ocean Liner fiercely competed for by Britain, France and the USA - Aircraft promised to totally supplant the Ocean Liner if regular and reliable cross Atlantic flight routes could be established