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L & rsquo; America or & rsquo; history of the first airmail link between the US and France 1927

The 29 June 1927, à bord du Fokker AMERICA, American airmen, Byrd, Acosta, Balchen and took off from Noville Rooseveltfield (New York) to provide the first official airmail route between the United & la France .

In March 1927, Commander Richard E. Byrd, first man to fly over the North Pole (in 1926) announced his desire to cross the Atlantic in an uninterrupted flight.

Byrd chooses the Fokker monoplane C-2, for its similarity to the Fokker F.VII used during his flight in the Arctic. The tri-motor was baptized America.

Anthony Fokker, the designer of the aircraft suggested he take to co-pilot Bernt Balchen, a Norwegian test pilot of the Fokker company.

Early morning of 29 June, l’America s’envola du Roosevelt Field a New York, direction Paris, On board: Commander Richard E. Byrd, Bert Acosta and Bernt Balchen as second drivers, and Lieutenant George O. Noville, flight engineer and radio operator. The weather proved particularly unfavorable Shipping.

After flying over the coast of New England, fog on the edge of the French coast prevented any visibility soil. The rain fell in torrents did not allow the d & rsquo aviators; see the light airfields signals.

Blinded, flooded, lost in the downpour, Byrd gave up to land at Le Bourget and asked T. S. F. that & rsquo; it shows him land d & rsquo; landing outside Paris, l & rsquo; n & rsquo plane, with more than three hours d & rsquo; essence ...

airmen, Lost in the fog, is guided on the lighthouse of Le Havre- their intention being to follow & rsquo; Seine estuary.

Noticing the light of the lighthouse Ver-sur-Mer, they flew right at him and amerrirent 2:32 to 200 m. shore. The shock was quite violent and the train d & rsquo; landing broke up. The 4 airmen took a rubber raft and reached the shore.

The Commander Byrd and his companions decided exhausted d & rsquo; go ask for help in the town and took all the way to the lighthouse whose door they knocked: the goalkeeper M. Lescop offered them hospitality for the night.

Before his departure, the US Postal Service had told Byrd a 70 kg bag of mail: 300 letters were saved from drowning and were postmarked mailing of Ver-sur-Mer.

The first transatlantic airmail link was therefore carried out on the New York line / Ver-sur-Mer.

The musée America Gold Beach Town chronicles this epic.


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