When you think of early aviators, names like Wright, Earhart and Lindbergh probably spring to mind. But unless you’re a confessed aviaphile, names like Cole, Fitzmaurice and von Hünefeld probably do not.
You’re on the Sound Beat.
When the three made an emergency landing in Greeley Island, Canada in 1928, they’d completed the first transatlantic flight, from East to West, mind you. It’s a much more difficult trip in that direction due to dangerous headwinds. As a matter of fact, Charles Lindbergh hopped a ride aboard the USS Memphis on the way home from his famed New York to Paris jaunt.
You’re listening to “They Landed Over Here From Over There” recorded by Arthur Fields that same year (1928).
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Sound Beat is produced at the Belfer Audio Archive, Syracuse University Libraries.