U.S. Navy launches three Navy Curtiss flying boats on expedition to cross the Atlantic Ocean
New York City USA Date:1919, May 8 Duration:1 min 51 sec Sound:NO SOUND
On May 8, 1919 three Navy-Curtiss three-engine flying boats, the NC-1 commanded by Patrick N.L. Bellinger, the NC-3 commanded by John H. Towers and NC-4 commanded by Albert C. Read, take off from the Rockaway Beach Naval Air Station on first leg of transatlantic flight. Aircraft are readied for flight. Sailors hand supplies to crewman on NC-4. Sailors scramble all over NC-3 handling last minute preparations. Naval Commander John H. Towers, in charge of the expedition, poses for a picture. NC-1 in the water with line to a ship. Officers on board ship release weather balloon. NC-3 taxis out in the water and accelerates for takeoff, followed by NC-4, later seen airborne. NC-1 taxis out and is seen airborne. Views of the NC flying boats aloft.
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