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First aircraft to cross the Atlantic...



Item # 583140

May 28, 1919

THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, Atlanta, Georgia, May 28, 1919 

* NC-4 flying boat (historic aviation feat)
* Transatlantic flight (1st aircraft to achieve this)


This 20 page newspaper has a nice banner headline on the front page: "AMERICAN PLANE BLAZES AIR TRAIL CONNECTING NEW WORLD WITH OLD" with subheads that include "NC-4 Reaches Lisbon, And Wins for Navy Trans-Atlantic Palm" and more with related photos.  Nice for display.

This then-significant accomplishment was largely eclipsed in public memory by the first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight made by British pilots Alcock and Whitten-Brown two weeks later and of course Charles Lindbergh's famous solo flight 8 years later.

Light browning with little margin wear ans light staining to lower left section, small address label, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes: The Navy Transatlantic flying expedition began on 8 May. The NC-4 was originally in the company of two other NC Flying Boats, the NC-1 and the NC-3. They left Naval Air Station Rockaway, New York (now de-commissioned and part of Gateway National Recreation Area), then stopped in Newfoundland before leaving on 16 May for the longest leg of their journey, the flight to the Azores, reached 15 hours later. The NC-1 and the NC-3 were both forced to land at sea due to rough weather; the crew of the NC-1 was rescued by the Greek freighter Ionia[1]; the crew of the NC-3 managed to sail their flying-boat to the Azores.

After delays for repairs, the NC-4 took off again and landed in Lisbon, Portugal on 27 May, becoming the first fixed-wing aircraft to cross the ocean under its own power, with 26 hours total flying time.

The NC-4 later flew on to England, arriving in Plymouth on 31 May to great fanfare[2], having taken 15 days for the flight from Newfoundland to Great Britain.

This feat was eclipsed shortly afterwards by the non-stop Transatlantic flight of Alcock and Brown in a Vickers Vimy when they flew from Newfoundland to Ireland on June 14/15 1919, thereby winning the Daily Mail prize of £10,000, which had been announced in 1913, for "making a transatlantic flight in seventytwo consecutive hours between any point in the United States of America, Canada or Newfoundland and any point in Great Britain or Ireland".

Category: The 20th Century

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