At 9 o'clock in the evening of May 27, 1919, the NC-4, the giant flying boat of the United States Navy, landed at Lisbon, Portugal, completing the last lap of the trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Portugal. Interested watchers had crowded the hills overlooking the harbor ever since news of the start from the Azores had been received, although they knew very well that they would have many hours to wait before the ship could reach Lisbon. Their patience was finally rewarded by the appearance of the NC-4, which glided down to the water and was quickly moored to the mother ship. This last lap of the flight had been accomplished without difficulty, and had proved conclusively that a trans-Atlantic flight was within the range of human possibilities.
Possibilities of a Trans-Pacific Flight
By Commander G. C. Westervelt (C. C.), U. S. Navy, and H. B. Sanford, Aeronautical Engineer, Naval Aircraft Factory