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1st to fly across The Pond

22 September 2019


NC-4: the U.S. Navy’s Curtiss flying boat which was first in flight across the Atlantic Ocean 100 years ago this year—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

2019 is the 100th year anniversary of the 1st crossing of the Atlantic by airplane and here is the aircraft—the US Navy Curtiss flying boat known as NC-4. It is immense in size and powered by 4 Liberty L-12 engines of 400 hp each with a crew of five. The crossing was done in stages when Lindbergh was in high school. The Navy NC-4 made the flight in May 1919 though the feat was somewhat eclipsed by the Alcock and Brown non-stop flight in June 1919 (which ended in an unceremonious crash landing). Lindbergh would complete the 1st solo non-stop flight across the pond in 1927 (showing how engine reliability had increased during the ensuing 8 years). The NC-4 is owned by the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and displayed in the National Naval Aviation Museum.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Edward Gronenthal permalink
    23 September 2019 13:19

    Lindbergh completed the first non-stop SOLO flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Alcock and Brown did the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      23 September 2019 14:09

      Isn’t that what I wrote? I think it was. And why the yelling of the term solo? This is meant as a civilized forum after all is said and done, isn’t it?

      I see I did omit solo but thought that was understood. Who doesn’t know Lindbergh was first to solo across the pond? I’m happy to fix that. And I didn’t need to yell. Why flamers have to pounce is just beyond me. But thanks for helping me to improve the post.

      FYI–the photo is a panoramic stitching of eight images, color temperature corrected and grey scale balanced.

  2. Edward Gronenthal permalink
    23 September 2019 15:01

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, just wanted to you to see that “solo” had been omitted.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      23 September 2019 18:21

      Understood. Thanks for the help clarifying the copy, too.

  3. shortfinals permalink
    28 September 2019 13:10

    By the way, Alcock and Brown crash-landing was caused by the – quite understandable – mis-identification of the lovely, flat, verdant surface of an Irish bog in Clifden for a suitable meadow!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      28 September 2019 16:17

      Indeed and they can’t be faulted with the state of nav aids at the time as well as dearth of airfields 🙂

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