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Year End Review - 1919
THE STORY OF THE AIR
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The records were transcribed by JOHN BAIRD Formatted by GEORGE WHITE
While we have endeavored to be as
correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors.
| April 10, 1919 || Sopwith aeroplane, Pilot Hawker, and Navigator Grieve, makes a successful air flight from Mount Pearl. |
| April 11, 1919 || Martinyde aeroplane arrives by S.S. Sachem. |
| April 17, 1919 || Martinyde aeroplane makes successful trial flight. |
| May 3, 1919 || Trepassey welcomes United States hydroplane, nine warships and two sea planes arrive. |
| May 10, 1919 || U.S. sea planes reach Trepassey. Handley Page machine reaches St. Johnís. |
| May 15, 1919 || Dirigible blimp C-5, arrives from Montauk Point. Later she bursts her moorings at Pleasantville, drifts to sea and is lost.
N. C-4 reaches Trepassey from Halifax.
| May 16, 1919 || Three United States seaplanes leave Trepassey for Azores. |
| May 17, 1919 || N. C-4 arrives at Horta, Azores. |
| May 18, 1919 || Sopwith airplane, Pilot Hawker, and Commander Grieve, leave on the first trans-Atlantic flight, carrying the first trans ocean air mail.
Martinyde airplane Raymor, when starting on the trans-ocean voyage, comes to
grief at Pleasantville. Pilot Raynham and Navigator Morgan injured.
| May 24, 1919 || S.S. Glendevon arrives, with Vickers bombing plane aboard. |
| May 25, 1919 || News reaches that Hawler and Grieve were picked up 1100 miles East of St. Johnís, by the Danish steamer Many, and landed at Thurso. |
| May 27, 1919 || N.C.-4 reaches Lisbon. |
| May 28, 1919 || N.C. 4 reaches Plymouth. Sopwith airplane picked up at sea, and brought to Plymouth. |
| June 9, 1919 || Wheels and under-carriage of Sopwith machine, cast away by Hawker and Grieve, picked up 12 miles off Cape St. Maryís, and landed at Presque.
Successful trial flight of Vickers Vimy Rolls biplane, Capt Alcock and Lieut
| June 10, 1919 || Second trial flight of Handley Page Machine. |
| June 14, 1919 || Vickers-Vimy airplane sails from Lesterís Field on Trans-Atlantic flight, leaving at 1.43 p.m. local time. |
| June 15, 1919 || Capt. Alcock and Lieutenant Brown arrive safely in Vickers-Vimy airplane at Cliftden, Ireland, making a 16 hour voyage from St. Johnís, and thus accomplishing the first successful, non-stop, trans-Atlantic flight. Lunching at Lesterís farm, they breakfasted in Ireland. |
| June 17, 1919 || Alcock and Brown arrive in London and meet enthusiastic reception. |
| June 20, 1919 || Alcock and Brown knighted by King George. |
| July 4, 1919 || Martinsyde machine now rebuild, with Raynham and Biddlecombe in control, makes first trial flight.
Handley Page machine, Admiral Mark Kerr, leaves Harbor Grace for Mineota, U.S.A.
Dirigible R-34 passes over Newfoundland from Clarenville to St. Jacques, via the Terrenceville-Garnish-Grand
Bank air route.
| July 5, 1919 || Handley Page machine comes to grief at Parrsboro, N.S. |
| July 6, 1919 || British dirigible R-34, reaches Mineota, N.Y., completing the first non-stop dirigible trans-Atlantic flight in 108 hours, 12 minutes. |
| July 8, 1919 || Dirigible R-34, leaves before midnight, on the return trip to Scotland. |
| July 13, 1919 || Dirigible R-34 arrives at Pulham, Norfolk, 75 hours from Mineota, N.Y. |
| July 14, 1919 || Second trial spin of rebuilt Martinsyde biplane. |
| July 17, 1919 || Martinsyde biplane crashes, when making second attempt, and abandons the experiment. |
| July 21, 1919 || Pilot Raynham, and Navigator Biddiecombe, of the Martinsyde machine, sail for England on the Gramplan. |
| October 9, 1919 || Handley Page bomber leaves Parrsboro for New York, but is forced to land at Greensport, N.Y. |
| November 12, 1919 || Capt. Ross Smith leaves Hounslow Heath, on the first air voyage to Australia. |
| December 10, 1919 || Capt Ross Smith reaches Australia, 28 days from England. |
| December 19, 1919 || Capt. Sir John Alcock, who made the first trans-Atlantic flight, dies at Rouen, through his plane crashing to earth the previous day, when over the River Seine. |
| December 23, 1919 || Capt. Ross Smith created a Knight of the Order of the British Empire, thus sharing the yearís aviation honors with Alcock and Brown. |
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