10th February 2020
Historic statue of pilots, Alcock and Brown, moved to Brooklands
The historic statue of pilots Alcock and Brown, created by sculptor William McMillen to commemorate the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1919, was commissioned by the British Government and unveiled at London’s Heathrow Airport in 1954. Now is has been relocated to Brooklands, the home of British aviation and the site where Alcock and Brown’s Vickers Vimy biplane was built. HRH Prince Michael of Kent, the Museum’s Royal patron, unveiled the statue and a commemorative plaque in front of local dignitaries and those connected with the inaugural flight, including the niece and nephew of Sir John Alcock. The Brooklands’ exhibition ‘The First to the Fastest’ features the museum’s own replica Vimy aircraft, which is maintained in ground-running order by a dedicated team of museum staff and volunteers.
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