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!