Team Alcock and Brown's Epic Flight: The Untold Story

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David Crocker, Jan 8, 2016 - 130 pages
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Team Alcock and Browns Epic Flight is a fictionalized  version of the events and characters involved in the race for the first Atlantic Ocean crossing by aircraft as related to me by my father when I myself was a young boy.

A group of young boys are swept up in the excitement that swirled around the frantic preparations for the Greatest Air Race of them all.   Ike is a boy born and raised on the wrong side of town, suddenly thrust into manhood by the untimely death of his father.  He finds a distraction from his pain when he and his young friends assume a pivotal roll in history by supporting the competing race air crews.  

The story includes an exciting account of epic flight of Jack Alcock and Teddie Brown which is amazingly true to the actual flight log, as recorded by Teddie Brown during the actual flight. The reminiscing of Jack about his experiences as an Navy pilot in the Great War are essentially historically accurate, however the author uses his artistic licence in the development of some of the characters and details.

There is also a comprehensive account of the fate of the major players in this truly historic and important event. This event has had a profound effect on people’s lives ever since. By dramatically impacting the way we view world travel. It has helped to shrink distances between continents and allow mankind to bring on the dawn of affordable air travel.

These advances did not come easily: pioneer aviators endure  horrendous hardships to make the crossing a reality.

For the most part the  small underfunded teams of race competitors arrived on the rugged island of Newfoundland in small tramp steamers along with their disassembled aircraft and maintenance equipment packed into wooden crates.

Newfoundland in those days was a poor independent country and a member of the British Commonwealth. Its economy was debt ridden and on the verge of  bankruptcy, resulting from expenses associated with maintaining its own regiment throughout the First Great War. The war had also robbed the land of the cream of a generation of its young men.

The great test of the Newfoundland Regiment came at Beaumont-Hamel in the Battle of the Somme, on July 1, 1916. They went into action 753 strong; only 68 answered the roll call next day.

The country was without airports, landing strips or even level fields that could be pressed into service for a hop off location for a heavily loaded aeroplane.

All these logistical problems had to be solved within a very short time period. This accomplishment was achieved by the various teams recruiting the assistance of the local community to provide speciality technical services, scout out suitable locations and prepare those sites for aircraft testing and eventually the final launch.

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Flight into Darkness is a fictionalized version of the events and characters involved in the race for the first Atlantic Ocean crossing by aircraft. The story includes an exciting account of epic flight of Jack Alcock and Teddie Brown which is amazingly true to the actual flight log, as recorded by Teddie Brown during the actual flight. The reminiscing of Jack about his experiences as an Navy pilot in the Great War are essentially historically accurate, however the author uses artistic licence in the development of some of the characters and details. 

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