Vimy Goes The Distance | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 01.16.17

Airborne 01.17.17

Airborne 01.18.17

Airborne 01.19.17

Airborne 01.20.17

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 01.16.17

Airborne 01.17.17

Airborne 01.18.17

Airborne 01.19.17

Airborne 01.20.17

Mon, Jul 04, 2005

Vimy Goes The Distance

Fore!

Steve Fossett and Mark Rebholz successfully flew the Vickers Vimy for just over 18 hours across the Atlantic to land on an Irish golf course. The flight departed from Newfoundland at 1919 hrs Saturday and arrived in Ireland at 1704 hrs Sunday.

"This was an endurance test," Fossett said to the AP. "This airplane is very primitive. You have to keep your hands on the controls at all times. If you let go, the plane will go out of control."

The flight was planned to commemorate the first crossing of the Atlantic, the June 1919 flight of John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown. They crossed the Atlantic in 16 hours and 20 minutes. Fossett and Rebholz took a little longer, 18 hours and 15 minutes. They touched down in Clifden on the eighth fairway with about 2000 spectators watching.

They used a compass and sextant to navigate, as in the original flight, although they did have a radio.

"On the way over we were in contact with all the commercial airlines flying overhead," Rebholz said to the AP. "That is a comforting feeling, talking to other people while you're flying."

FMI: www.vimy.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 01.19.17: $200K Drone Fine, Sandia IVSI TSO, 'Can't Close' KSMO

Also: MH370 Search Suspended, Supporting AUVSI, Sikorsky S-92, Challenger Astronaut, Stressed Pilots, JBA Aviation, Embraer E2 A settlement agreement has been reached between the F>[...]

Washington Special Flight Rules Modified For Trump Inauguration

Increased Flight Restrictions Will Be In Place Over Washington D.C. The planned 2017 Presidential Inauguration Festivities in Washington, DC are scheduled for January 20, 2017. At >[...]

Airborne 01.18.17: AirVenture 2017, King Schools Drone Test, Tico Warbirds

Also: Plastic Fuel, 747 Down, Great Lakes, Lily Suit, Neffenger Stepping Down, Coast Flt Training, Boeing-SpiceJet EAA-AirVenture is many things to many people, and not the least o>[...]

Airborne 01.19.17: $200K Drone Fine, Sandia IVSI TSO, 'Can't Close' KSMO

Also: MH370 Search Suspended, Supporting AUVSI, Sikorsky S-92, Challenger Astronaut, Stressed Pilots, JBA Aviation, Embraer E2 A settlement agreement has been reached between the F>[...]

U.S. Forest Service Releases 'Learning Review' From Helicopter Accident

Two Fatally Injured When The Aircraft Setting Controlled Burns Went Down In Mississippi A 90-page "Learning Review" has been released by the U.S. Forest Service analyzing an accide>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC