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1st Transatlantic jet flight....



Item # 562344

July 13, 1948

THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York, July 13, 1948

* 1st transatlantic flight by a jet airplane
* RAF De Havilland Vampires F3s


This 48 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page: "JETS AT LABRADOR FOR SEA CROSSING" and "14 U.S. Planes Prepare to Meet British in the First Such Flight Over Atlantic". Article continues on page 46 with related photo and map. (see)

This was the very first transatlantic flight by a jet aircraft. Other news of the day throughout.

Light browning with minor spine wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes:
The Vampire was a versatile aircraft, setting many aviation firsts and records, being the first RAF fighter with a top speed exceeding 500 mph (800 km/h). On 4 December, 1945, a Sea Vampire piloted by Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown became the first aircraft to perform an intentional and planned jet-powered landing on an aircraft carrier and execute a jet-powered takeoff. In 1948, John Cunningham set a new world altitude record of 59,446 ft (18,119 m). On 14 July 1948, six Vampire F3s of No. 54 Squadron RAF became the first jet aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. They went via Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Keflavik in Iceland, and Goose Bay at Labrador, before going on to Montreal (c. 3,000 mi/4,828 km) to start the RAF’s annual goodwill tour of Canada and the U.S. where they gave several formation aerobatic displays.

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