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    The best guess I have is some kind of flying boat. There were no air strips along to way to land and refuel so water was the best alternative. Multi engine design to minimize risk of a single engine quitting and taking the plane down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glyn View Post
    Next question, my fellow WABbers:
    I want to know about the first intercontinental flight. All you have to provide is the name of the pilot, date, aircraft type and the start and end points. Come on, don't be shy!
    The US Navy in 1919. The Navy Curtis flying boat. NC-4 landed in Lisbon.

    Would have to google for the crew's names and start point. I do think they started in Newfoundland though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnut View Post
    The best guess I have is some kind of flying boat. There were no air strips along to way to land and refuel so water was the best alternative. Multi engine design to minimize risk of a single engine quitting and taking the plane down.
    I can see the logic behind your thinking, but that's not the answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    The US Navy in 1919. The Navy Curtis flying boat. NC-4 landed in Lisbon.

    Would have to google for the crew's names and start point. I do think they started in Newfoundland though.
    No, it was before then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blademaster View Post
    The Hindenburg?
    You're thinking about Zeppelin L59..Bulgaria to Khartoum

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    Are we talking transatlantic/transpacific, or something like Europe to Asia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy View Post
    Are we talking transatlantic/transpacific, or something like Europe to Asia?
    Could be between any of the continents!
    Hint: As it was 'the first' it was in the early days of aviation.
    Hmm. Who were the leaders at that time period?
    (It was not the US who went back to sleep)
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    Quote Originally Posted by glyn View Post
    Next question, my fellow WABbers:
    I want to know about the first intercontinental flight. All you have to provide is the name of the pilot, date, aircraft type and the start and end points. Come on, don't be shy!
    On the morning of July 25th, 1909, Louis Bleriot took off from Les Barraques, France and landed at Dover, England 37 minutes later.
    He flew a monoplane of his own design called a Bleriot X1.
    For his effort he won a thousand pounds, put up by the London Daily Mail.

    Howzat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain View Post
    On the morning of July 25th, 1909, Louis Bleriot took off from Les Barraques, France and landed at Dover, England 37 minutes later.
    He flew a monoplane of his own design called a Bleriot X1.
    For his effort he won a thousand pounds, put up by the London Daily Mail.

    Howzat?

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    True, true and spoken with a mouthful of teeth, my electronic friend - but to the chagrin of the 'little Englanders' both France and England are in the same continent!
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    Ok, one more try then i'm stumped.

    How about Roland Garros who flew a Morane-Saulnier type H monoplane from St. Raphael, France to Bizerte, Tunisia on September 23rd, 1913.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain View Post
    Ok, one more try then i'm stumped.

    How about Roland Garros who flew a Morane-Saulnier type H monoplane from St. Raphael, France to Bizerte, Tunisia on September 23rd, 1913.

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    Exactly so, mon brave! Well done! Your turn
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    Quote Originally Posted by glyn View Post
    Exactly so, mon brave! Well done! Your turn
    He was born in Oregon USA and became the first American air ace of the WW11 era for which he was awarded, amoung many other awards, a DFC.

    Who was he and in the service of which airforce did he gain "ace" status?

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    We're up to eleven now? My how time flies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy View Post
    We're up to eleven now? My how time flies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by captain View Post
    He was born in Oregon USA and became the first American air ace of the WW11 era for which he was awarded, amoung many other awards, a DFC.

    Who was he and in the service of which airforce did he gain "ace" status?

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    Dunno who but I suspect it might have been with the American Volunteers in China, and flying early model P-40s.
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