2008-07-25 / Community

Honor Famed 1930's Aviators

On July 15, 1933 Lithuanian- American aviators Steven Darius and Stanley Girenas attempted the first non-stop flight from Floyd Bennett Field, New York to Kaunas, Lithuania.

Darius and Girenas were the second aviators after Charles Lindbergh to make a non-stop flight of 6411 km across the Atlantic Ocean, recording the fourth fastest crossing in 37 hours and 12 minutes. The first official airmail from North America to Europe was carried on board their airplane, "Lituanica." Unfortunately, the Lituanica crashed, only 650km short of their goal. Both pilots were killed in the crash.

On Saturday, July 19 from 12:00pm till 1:30pm, the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the record setting Trans-Atlantic flight of the pioneer aviators will be held at Gateway National Recreation Area, Floyd Bennett Field, in the Ryan Visitors Center in Brooklyn, NY. This ceremony will include the dedication of a permanent memorial to Darius and Girenas.

Presenters will be Lithuanian Ambassador Jonas Paslauskas, Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania; Congressman Anthony Weiner; and Gateway General Superintendent Barry Sullivan.

Floyd Bennett Field is located on Flatbush Avenue, Exit 11S off the Belt Parkway.

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