Heathrow’s Alcock and Brown Statue Travels to Clifden, Galway
The celebrated Alcock and Brown sculpture was moved from its home at the Heathrow Academy to Clifden yesterday (Tuesday, May 7) – to mark the centenary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight from North America to Europe.
The limestone statue was commissioned by the British Government and designed and sculpted by artist William McMillen. It was unveiled at Heathrow in 1954. The statue features pilots Sir John Alcock and Sir Arthur Whitten-Brown – who flew from from Newfoundland in Canada to Ireland, crash landing at Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara – dressed in aviator clothes, including caps and goggles.
It weights 1 tonne and is 11 feet high and almost 4 feet wide. A transportation casket has been specially commissioned to safely transport it to Clifden.
The statue will be exhibited at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Clifden for the next eight weeks, in the run-up to the centenary anniversary which falls on June 25. The Ambassador of Ireland to the UK, Adrian O’Neill, Brian Hughes of the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel and Tourism Ireland’s Des Burke were at Heathrow Academy to wish the statue safe passage to Ireland.
Tourism Ireland is promoting the Alcock & Brown 100 Centenary Festival which takes place June 11 – 16, to prospective holidaymakers in Britain.