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Richard E. Byrd Transatlantic flight in 1927....



Item # 649767

July 2, 1927

THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 2, 1927

* Richard Evelyn Byrd crash landing
* Transatlantic flight - photos


The front page has a nice banner headline: "BYRD'S OWN STORY OF DROP INTO THE SEA AFTER AGONIZING HOURS, LOST IN FOG ALOFT; SAW DEATH NEAR, TOOK LAST CHANCE AND WON" with many subheads. (see) Loads of text continues on the following pages with photos.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete with all 36 pages, irregular along the spine, otherwise nice.

wikipedia notes: Byrd was one of several aviators who attempted to win the Orteig Prize in 1927 for making the first nonstop flight between the United States and France. Once again Byrd named Floyd Bennett as his chief pilot, with support from Bernt Balchen, Bert Acosta, and George Noville. During a practice takeoff with Bennett alone at the controls, the Fokker Trimotor airplane, America, crashed, severely injuring Bennett. As the plane was being repaired, Charles Lindbergh won the prize. But Byrd continued with his quest, naming Balchen to replace Bennett as chief pilot. Byrd, Balchen, Acosta, and Noville flew from Roosevelt Field East Garden City, New York on June 29, 1927. Arriving over France, cloud cover prevented a landing in Paris; they returned to the coast of Normandy, crash-landing without fatalities on July 1, 1927.

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