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Transatlantic flight of the Columbia...



Item # 588869

June 6, 1927

MEMPHIS EVENING APPEAL, Memphis, Tennessee, June 6, 1927

* 1st Tranatlantic flight of the Columbia
* Wright-Bellanca WB-2 airplane
* Clarence Chamberlin & Charles Levine

This 20 page newspaper has a six column headline on the front page: "BELLANCA HOP ENDS NEAR GOAL" with subheads (see photos).

Other news of the day. Light browning with little margin wear and chipping, irregular at the spine, otherwise good condition.

wikipedia notes: On June 4, 1927 The Columbia took off on its transatlantic flight from America to Berlin, Germany with company owner Charles Levine, as the first passenger to cross the Atlantic in an airplane, and making the Columbia the second plane to fly non-stop across the Atlantic. In an oft-repeated situation, Levine told his wife he was just going up for a test flight. His lawyer notified her by a letter of his intentions after they took off and kept going. At one point in the flight, Levine was at the controls flying at 20,000 feet without oxygen. He entered a spin, and descended to 4,000 feet before recovering. The Columbia did not reach Berlin, but landed 100 miles short in a field at Eisleben, Germany. The flight covered 3,905 miles (6,285 km) and 42 hours and 45 minutes. The trip was 315 miles (507 km) and 9 hours and 6 minutes longer than Lindergh's transatlantic crossing.

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