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!
NC-4’s route included stops in: Boston; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland; Horta and Ponta Delgada, Azores; Lisbon, Portugal; El Ferrol, Spain; and Plymouth, England, in addition to a landing on the Mondego River for repairs.