The Flying Firsts of Walter Hinton

Author: Benjamin J. Burns
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786487941
Format: PDF
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Walter Hinton was a pilot on the first plane to cross the Atlantic (eight years before Lindbergh)—a four-engine, Navy-Curtiss flying boat with a crew of six, in May 1919. Based on more than 40 hours of personal interviews with Hinton, this volume chronicles that first flight and Hinton’s other remarkable adventures in aviation—which include being lost in a downed balloon in the Canadian Arctic and believed dead, making the first flight to Rio de Janeiro from New York, pursuing the first aerial exploration of the Amazon, and undertaking a nationwide promotion of aviation and airports for the Exchange Clubs in the United States. With the dramatic and adventurous story of Hinton, a lost chapter in the history of flight in America is uncovered.

Attack on Orleans

Author: Jake Klim
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625850344
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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On the morning of July 21, 1918--in the final year of the First World War--a new prototype of German submarine surfaced three miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The vessel attacked an unarmed tugboat and its four barges. A handful of the shells fired by the U-boat's deck guns struck Nauset Beach, giving the modest town of Orleans the distinction of being the only spot in the United States to receive enemy fire during the entire war. On land, lifesavers from the U.S. Coast Guard launched a surfboat under heavy enemy fire to save the sailors trapped aboard the tug and barges. In the air, seaplanes from the Chatham Naval Air Station dive-bombed the enemy raider with payloads of TNT. Author Jake Klim chronicles the attack from the first shell fired to the aftermath and celebrates the resilience of Orleans at war.