Was Lucky Lindy really first across the Atlantic?

2 Responses to Was Lucky Lindy really first across the Atlantic?

  1. Dave Paisley 15 December, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    *cough* Alcock & Brown *cough*

    Lindbergh was the first to cross the Atlantic solo, so by definition, Nungesser and Coli were not solo, so they were only 8 years too late to beat Alcock & Brown.

    Is there some unique nuance to their feat that isn’t adequately reported here?

  2. David Houston 16 December, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    ??? First? !?!? Hardly. He was, IIRC, the 33rd to cross the Atlantic.

    1) An NC-4 flying boat made a multiple stop crossing of the Atlantic in May 1919
    2)Alcock and Brown flew the Atlantic non-stop in June 1919, from Newfoundland to Ireland.
    3) the British airship made crossing BOTH ways in July of the same year.

    I think there may have been other airships before Linbergh.

    So what Lindbergh’s real achievements were 1) doing it solo, which these guys wouldn’t have done, even if they’d succeeded; 2) flying New York to Paris, which was approximately twice the distance that A&B flew. These guys weren’t going to have flown that far, either, right?; and 3) being an American.

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