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Canada does not do enough to recognize its role in high-flying history

By Andrew Caddell      

With one year to go, there is nothing planned for Canada’s part in the centenary of the first transatlantic flight.

Captain John Alcock stowing provisions aboard Vickers’ ‘Vimy’ aircraft in St. John’s, N.L., before his trans-Atlantic flight with Arthur Whitten Brown on June 14, 1919. Photograph courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

They threw a small party the other day in Clifden, on the west coast of Ireland. You might have missed it. The party was the kick-off to the 100th anniversary of the flight of Alcock and Brown in the Vickers Vimy from St. John’s, N.L., to near Clifden in June of 1919.

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