Alex Loeb and Richard Dekker
That year the vast Atlantic had claimed it's third and fourth aviator.
Young New Yorkers Expected To Reach Coast In 22 Hours
FOYNES. Ireland, Aug. 12- (UP)-Watchers in Ireland were without word late today of two New York fliers, nearly
27 hours out of St. Peters, Nova Scotia, on an attempted flight to Ireland on the Great Circle route taken by Col.
Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927.
This was the third attempted stunt flight across the Atlantic this year. Nothing was ever heard of Charles Backman, Swedish pilot who left St. John's, Nfld., May 16 on a 90-horsepower, single-motored monocoupe, for Stockholm, Sweden, or of Thomas H. Smith, who on May 28, left old Orchard Beach, Me., in a little four-cylinder Aeronca plane on an unauthorized flight toward "Europe."
Although their plane was old, mechanics said it was in good condition. It had blind flying instruments, but no radio. It carried 350 gallons of gasoline, enough to keep aloft 25 to 30 hours, depending on flight conditions. They estimated the flight would take 20 hours.
Like Douglas Corrigan's flight from New York to Dublin last, summer, this one was without authorization of the United States I department of commerce, Loeb and Decker also had kept their plans secret until just before they left St. Peters at 10:14 AM (EDT) yesterday.
Then, a minute before they roared down the beach. Loeb had called to the few spectators out to see them away: "We may go to Palestine after we land in Ireland. We have absolutely good I instruments, a wonderful ship and I we can't possibly lose out."
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