U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 6
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, MAY 6: FIRST TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT
Profile America — Friday, May 6th. Most people know that Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in May 1927. But fewer are aware that the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic made its historic journey eight years earlier. That aircraft was the navy’s NC-4, a four-engined flying boat built for antisubmarine patrols. On this date in 1919, the crews of the NC-4 and two sister ships were making final preparations at Rockaway, New York for their departure two days later. Only the NC-4 was successful, flying from Newfoundland to the Azores in 15 hours. Today, thousands of people cross the Atlantic every day in speedy comfort, part of the 704 million passengers who fly U.S. airlines each year. Profile America is beginning its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: United States Naval Aviation, 1910-1980, p. 37
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 1072
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau