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First Return Atlantic Flight
On 2 July 1919 – 100 years’ ago today – the British airship R.34 (above) left East Fortune in Scotland on the first ever East-to-West air crossing of the North Atlantic. Major G. H. Scott was in command, with a crew of 28 officers and men. After flying for 3,130 nautical miles in 108 hours 12 minutes, the airship arrived at Mineola, Long Island. The return flight of 3,200 miles took 75 hours 3 minutes. In making these flights, the R.34 was the first airship to cross the Atlantic; the first aircraft to cross from East to West; and the first to make a return crossing.