The Race to Cross the Atlantic

Friday, August 31, 2012

From April 14 to May 21, 1927—the world held its breath while 14 aviators took to the air to capture a $25,000 prize offered to the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean without stopping. Joe Jackson discusses this race. In Atlantic Fever he writes about the lives of the big-name competitors—the polar explorer Richard Byrd, the French war hero René Fonck, the millionaire Charles Levine, and the race’s eventual winner, Charles Lindbergh—and those who have been forgotten.


Joe Jackson

Comments [5]

Stephan Wilkinson from Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

Intrigued, I went to to maybe buy this author's book, and I read the preview pages available there. Got six pages in and went no farther. Jackson names Leighton Collins as the author of "Stick and Rudder," one of the most widely admired of all aviation books for serious pilots. The author was in fact Wolfgang Langewiesche. I'm not surprised that he apparently confused rotary and radial engines, since he apparently knows little about aviation.

Sep. 02 2012 11:03 PM
Ken Atkatz from Manhattan

Not only did your guest not mention Alcock and Brown, he also confused the ROTARY engine used in WWI fighters with the later RADIAL engine that made long-distance flight possible. Also, Lindbergh correctly calculated that having two engines doubled the chances of a crash, since no two-engine plane of the time could fly on one engine!

Aug. 31 2012 01:11 PM
John A

Absolutely applicable to today, with the X-Prize to space, but much more important, lagging development in the shift out of oil.

Aug. 31 2012 12:57 PM

What about Alcock and Brown who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919? I've seen where they landed in Ireland.

Aug. 31 2012 12:52 PM

You can spend the day in the French air and space museum at Le Bourget without learning about two guys from Dayton, Ohio named Wright.

Aug. 31 2012 12:48 PM

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