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Transatlantic flight of the Columbia...



Item # 647901

June 4, 1927

THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 4, 1927

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

The front page has a nice banner headline: "BELLANCA PLANE HOPS OFF AT 6:04 A. M. ON FLIGHT TO EUROPE; CHAMBERLIN AND LEVINE PILOTS, AIM FOR BERLIN OR ROME; LINDBERGH, AGAIN FETED IN PARIS, STARTS FOR HOME TODAY" with subheads and illustration of Chamberlain. (see) Much more on the followings pages.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete with all 36 pages, a little irregular along the spine, nice 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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