2009-07-17 / Milestones

Exhibit On Daring Aviators At Riis Park

"This is terrible looking, I'll admit, but I'd been 74 hours without sleep and food," Navy Commander John H. Towers wrote after sailing his NC-3 Flying Boat 206 miles over the storm-tossed Atlantic Ocean. "This is terrible looking, I'll admit, but I'd been 74 hours without sleep and food," Navy Commander John H. Towers wrote after sailing his NC-3 Flying Boat 206 miles over the storm-tossed Atlantic Ocean. Once again, Gateway National Recreation area will remember the intrepid Naval airmen who, in 1991, first flew across the Atlantic Ocean in a flying boat called the NC-4, a designation it got from the fact that it was a Navy aircraft build by the Curtiss Aviation Corporation.

At noon on Sunday, July 19, the National Park Service will host an exhibit and presentation about the first transatlantic flight at the Riis Park Bathhouse, including a lecture about the survival of the 11 Navy aviators who traveled from Rockaway to make aviation history.

Some of the original three planes were forced down by ferocious Atlantic Ocean storms. The crew tried the enormous task in airplanes made of wood, fabric and wire that were held together by screws, glue and paint.

One of the huge flying boats made it across the Atlantic from Rockaway to England, however, a full eight years before Charles Lindbergh made history by making a solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic. And, while most Americans know about Lindbergh, few know about the NC-4 and its crew.

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