Alcock and Brown’s Vickers Vimy left St John’s Newfoundland at 4.12pm GMT, Sat 14 June and arrived Derrygimla, Clifden 8.40am GMT, Sunday 15th June 1919. Flight time 16 hours 28 minutes. Distance over 1, 900 miles. Average speed during flight 120 MPH. This is their story.
The story of Derrygimlagh is one of the most compelling, yet little known, international stories of the 20th century. A blanket bog near Clifden, at the very edge of the European continent, was the setting of two outstanding technological achievements of early modernity.