The Alcock and Brown Landing Site is a commemorative site near Clifden in Connemara. It was here that British aviators Alcock and Brown were able to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in history! A feat never before achieved! For the occasion, Ireland installed a memorial in the shape of an aircraft tail on the landing site: the Alcock and Brown Landing Site!
The terrible challenge that British aviators Alcock and Brown set themselves was far from being won… Very ambitious, they dreamed of achieving the first non-stop transatlantic flight! They then set off from Newfoundland, carrying a few bags of mail (the first airmail to cross the Atlantic!), with the firm intention of reaching Europe in a single bound.
In less than 16 hours, the pilot duo saw Ireland and decided to land on the Clifden side. The plane was damaged on arrival due to an attempted landing in what appeared to be a suitable field, but turned out to be a bog. Luckily, the pilots escaped unharmed and touched down on Irish soil at 8:40 a.m. on June 15, 1919.
They were rewarded by Winston Churchill and were considered true heroes!
As a tribute, a monument in the shape of an aircraft tail was built on Errislannan Hill, less than 2km north of the official landing zone.
Access is free and should fascinate aviation enthusiasts!
Duration: 30 minutes