Poseidon Calls Pegasus to Final Rest After Freak Accident at Sea

Sadly, Pegasus (N1955G) was recently lost at sea in a freak accident and is no longer with us to make the Crossing in May 2019.

Last year, Pegasus made incredible back-to-back-to-back Hurricane Relief flights to St Thomas USVI, carrying more than 13,000 pounds of relief supplies to the victims of the Caribbean Island hurricanes. These adventures were covered by many news organizations as well as on Seaplane Crossing’s website and Facebook pages. Pegasus and crew never slowed down after those unselfish volunteer events, and were working hard all the way up to the HU-16 Grumman Albatross’ untimely demise.

On 25 August 2018, Pegasus struck something in the water upon takeoff 425 miles offshore during a multi-stop aerial surveillance mission just east of the Gulf Stream in the Sargasso Sea. While the crew was uninjured and rescued by a passing freighter, the damage to Pegasus was far greater than could be repaired at sea. The amphibian later succumbed to the damage and sank near 70 West, 31 North.

Pegasus will be sorely missed by all of us at Seaplane Crossings, and the entire Albatross community at large. Captain Hollyer and his flight crew report that their rescue was a truly remarkable and humbling experience. They are extremely grateful to the US Coast Guard’s Rescue 2004 C-130 crew out of Elizabeth City, as well as the crew of the MV Polar Peru and the USS Mason (DDG 87) for their dedication, bravery and remarkable kindness.

Fortunately, Seaplane Crossing’s mission, and particularly its recreation and celebration of the First Transatlantic Flight, 100th Anniversary, remains intact.  Zeus (N1954Z), is proud to step up as the primary celebrant.  Having lost significant time in preparation for the trip, your donations to the cause are more vital than ever.  Please click the Donate button alongside, and tell your friends about this worthwhile effort!

100th Anniversary 1st Trans-Atlantic Flight

May 2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the very first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by any aircraft. The crossing was made by US Navy Curtiss (NC) flying boats. That historic first flight started on May 8, 1919, at NAS Rockaway New York with three aircraft, NC-1, NC-3 and NC-4. After many trials that tested man and machine, with the support of more than 50 US Naval warships, NC-4 landed in the harbor at Plymouth England 23 days later, at 1:27 p.m. on May 31, 1919. That was truly an epic feat for the US Navy, the United States of America, and indeed all of mankind!

Seaplane Crossings Inc. has put together the perfect team to replicate this historic first crossing of the Atlantic.  Our Grumman HU-16 Albatross amphibian aircraft will be repainted to historic US Navy colors, with NC-4 painted on the bow. We propose visiting NAS Pensacola Florida, the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” and home of the original NC-4, before stepping to New York to begin the crossing. On the morning of May 8, 2019, 100 years to the day, the NC-4 will once again taxi out from Jamaica Bay off Rockaway and depart for Europe.

Following the kickoff celebrations at NAS Pensacola and Rockaway, New York, the proposed route includes stops in: Boston; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland; Horta and/or Ponta Delgada, Azores; Lisbon, Portugal; El Ferrol, Spain; and Plymouth, England. Only a landing on the Mondego River for repairs is excluded from the original journey. These decisions will be made later as the planning continues and landing permissions are obtained from the various countries and harbors.

Relief Efforts to St. Thomas and St. John

The Seaplane Crossings team flew three relief missions to St. Thomas and St. John, providing medical equipment, generators, chain saws and other vital supplies to those in need after the hurricanes.

Mission sponsors included David Faeder of Reston, VA, Dan Lowe of Legacy Development, and basketball legend Tim Duncan. Thanks also go out to Inova Hospital Systems for donated medical supplies.

Lots of photos and information on our disaster relief efforts are available on our Facebook page at facebook.com/seaplanecrossings.

If you would like to contribute to these efforts please donate! Your contributions are greatly appreciated!