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The Lufthansa Focke-Wulfe 200 Condor named Bradenburg at Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn, New York City. August 11, 1938.

It had just completed a non-stop flight from Berlin to New York City and took 24 hours and 57 minutes due to a head wind. The return flight took 19 hours and 47 minutes.

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In the event of a water landing
You can use my body
as a flotation device 

Transatlantic Flight” - Electric Six

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These things happen.

A cool description of one of the first transatlantic airship flights, here in Transatlantic Airships: An Illustrated History, by John Christopher:

The senior office on the transatlantic flight was Air Commodore E.M. Maitland; a quixotic figure with an unsurpassed enthusiasm for airships and a personal fascination with the parachute. He was the first person to parachute from an airship at a time when the parachute’s value as a life-saver was much underrated generally. The captain of the airship was Major George Herbert Scott. Known to everyone as ‘Scotty’, he was the most skillful British airship pilot. In total the R34’s crew numbered thirty men plus two carrier pigeons (it had been customary practice to carry these during the war, but what purpose they could serve over the Atlantic was unclear) plus a lucky black cloth cat provided by the girls at Beardmore as a mascot.

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On March 21, 1928, Charles A. Lindbergh was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Coolidge in recognition of his transatlantic flight the previous year–in point of fact, the first transatlantic flight by anyone ever.  Gosh, but there’s a lot to be said about Lucky Lindy, and not all of it to the good.  I suppose that’s true of anybody anywhere.  An Army Air Corps pilot, but also a eugenicist and probably rather more sympathetic to the Nazis than one would hope.  An intensely private family man, he lost his infant son in a heartwrenching international media frenzy (“Crime of the Century” ring a bell??).  A devoted husband to a truly classy lady (and highly derisive and critical of the “barnstorming” some of his fellow pilots enjoyed), he also fathered at least seven children from three extramarital relationships in his later years.  Le sigh.  [Speaking of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, I encourage everyone to take a gander at Gift from the Sea if you’ve made it this far without doing so already.]  And I couldn’t very well neglect to mention Charles Lindbergh’s contributions to the postal service–an early airmail pilot and keen advocate of the Post Office Department, he used some of that tricksy fame to promote outreach and awareness of the US Air Mail Service (leading directly to an especial subgenre of collecting memorabilia designated Lindberghiana).  So yes. A complex character.

Stamp details:
Stamp on top:
Issued on: June 18, 1927
From: St. Louis, MO; Detroit, MI; Little Falls, MN; Washington, DC
SC #C10

Middle stamp:
Issued on: May 20, 1977
From: Garden City, NJ
Designed by: Robert E. Cunningham
SC #1710

Bottom left:
Issued on: May 28, 1998
From: Chicago, IL
Designed by: Carl Herrman
Illustrated by: Davis Meltzer
SC #3184m

Bottom right:
Issued on: June 7, 1983
From: Washington, DC
Designed by: Dennis J. Holm
SC #2045

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In 1919, the RAF airship R 34, while not the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic, still qualified the British for the multiple distinctions of sending the first aircraft to make the east-west crossing, and the first airship to make the flight, plus return trip.


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The most amazing thing you’ll see today: Time-lapse video of North Atlantic air traffic

Aviation industry experts at NATS have created an awesome time-lapse visualization of Transatlantic air traffic over a period of 24 hours, condensing all the flights during a single day in August 2013 into a 2-minute video. FROM EARLIER: Amazing Microsoft tech will help you make the gorgeous time-lapse videos you’ve always dreamed of “Every day between two and three thousand aircraft fly across the North Atlantic, with the U.K. – and NATS – acting as the gateway to Europe,” the company wrote on its blog. “Up to 80% of all Oceanic traffic passes through the Shanwick Oceanic Control Area (OCA), which is airspace controlled by the United Kingdom. With this in mind, we created a data visualisation showing a day of traffic http://dlvr.it/7Yqslq