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Who made the first nonstop transatlantic flight?

Discover which two aviators made the first transatlantic flight.

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The first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean -- from Newfoundland, Canada, to Ireland -- was made by two British aviators, Capt. John W. Alcock (1892-1919) and Lt. Arthur W. Brown (1886-1948), on June 14-15, 1919.

The aircraft, a converted twin-engined Vickers Vimy bomber, took 16 hours 27 minutes to fly 1,890 miles (3,032 kilometers).

Later Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974) made the first solo flight crossing the Atlantic on May 20-21, 1927 in the single-engined Ryan monoplane named, The Spirit of St. Louis.

His flight from New York to Paris covered a distance of 3,609 miles (5,089 kilometers) and lasted 33 1/2 hours. The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic was Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) who flew from Newfoundland to Ireland May 20-21, 1932.

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