First direct flight from Europe to North America – Dogplot Suriname

First direct flight from Europe to North America – Dogplot Suriname

German aviator Hermann Kohl, Irish aviator James Fitzmaurice and Baron Ehrenfried Günther Freiherr von Hannfeldt completed the first transatlantic voyage from Europe to North America on April 13, 1928, with the financier of the expedition.

The trio assembled in Dublin at the end of March, but bad weather delayed the start by 17 days. They finally intended to fly to New York from Baldonal Aerodrome on April 12.

Everything went smoothly at first, but a combination of storm clouds and a faulty compass led to about 40 degrees approaching Canada. Their troubles did not end there; The pilots realized they had an oil leak, after which they abandoned their plan to land in New York and searched for a nearby place to land the Junkers W33 'Bremen', which turned out to be Greenley Island.

Then when they arrived in New York, the 'Three Musketeers of the Air' paraded and received a knight's welcome. Over the next few months they traveled across America and Europe, meeting with dignitaries.

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