In 1919, the Vickers Vimy WWI bomber achieved two aviation milestones: the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean and the first flight from England to Australia, essentially proving the viability of long-distance air travel.
Seventy-five years later, a group of aviation enthusiasts restored a vintage Vickers Vimy and duplicated the pioneering efforts to remind the world of the courageous heroes and their daring achievements.
The new team duplicated the original as closely as possible, from the hand-sewn cotton fabric on its wings to its steel bracing wires made in the same factory as the original. But the spirited group found their own challenges in re-creating these voyages and faced struggles of weather, exhaustion, and even engine breakdown. Their personal logs and stories are told here, complete with cockpit-view photos along the way.
Now, fans of history and aviation can meet author Peter McMillan and learn more about these historic flights at his book signing and presentation November 4, 2012 at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California.
Vimy: The Vimy Expeditions
by Peter McMillan