It is barely 15 years since the first aeroplane took to the skies. Since then aviation has progressed in leaps and bounds. The recent war has seen a further rapid development of the aeroplane, as each nation struggled to build new aircraft that could more effectively best their enemies. As a result the aeroplane now is almost unimaginably more advanced than the primitive model flown by the Wright Brothers at Kittyhawk.
Today an astonishing new chapter in aviation opens. Yesterday British aviators John Alcock and Arthur Brown took off from Newfoundland. Their goal is to successfully cross the Atlantic, thereby earning a place in the history books and a prize of £10,000 being offered by the Daily Mail. And today, after 16 hours in the air Alcock and Brown crash land safely near Clifden in the west of Ireland. Their journey has been a difficult one, with cloud making navigation difficult and inclement weather at times threatening to force them down into the sea, but they have succeeded in their mission. The Atlantic has been conquered.
After a civic reception in Galway, Alcock and Brown take the train to Dublin, where they receive a rapturous welcome from excitable students of Trinity College Dublin. They will proceed on to England to claim their prize.
Trinity students fête Alcock and Brown on their arrival in Dublin (Century Ireland)