• First to the Fastest


    First to the Fastest

“There is always satisfaction in being the first to do anything, whatever it may be”
Sir John Alcock, 1919

Breakthroughs in aviation often come through conflict, as a result of the need for aircraft to go faster, further, and higher to gain an advantage.

Brooklands was at the centre of some of the most significant innovations of the 20th century that have changed the way we travel today.

Discover the stories of the courage, skill and teamwork of the people behind two significant aviation milestones, demonstrating how far we have come in such a short space of time.

The exhibition celebrates two historic Transatlantic air races: the 100th anniversary of Alcock and Brown’s non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in a Brooklands-built Vickers Vimy in June 1919 and the records broken during the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race of 1969.

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TicketsEntry included in General Admission

Aircraft Park, Vimy Pavilion
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For all ages

Step free access
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Explore the Aircraft on Display