During the interwar period, the Vimy set several notable records for long-distance flights; perhaps the most celebrated and significant of these was the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.
|Alcock and Brown Vimy|
British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919. They flew a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Clifden, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.
|Captain Smith's Vimy|
In 1919 the Australian government offered £10,000 for the first All-Australian crew to fly an aeroplane from England to Australia. Australian pilot Captain Ross Smith persuaded the Vickers company to supply a Vimy bomber for entry into the first England to Australia flight. Piloted by Smith it became the first aircraft to do so.
The Vimy Commercial was a civilian version with a larger-diameter fuselage (largely of spruce plywood) and first flew on 13 April 1919.
|Vimy Commercial, "City of London"|
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