CIA NOTABLE Part 24. Atlantic Ocean attempts and flights

1835-07-04 First mail carried in an American balloon.

Richard Clayton Copilot(s):

From Cincinnati to Waverly. Ohio.

Reported as first transatlantic attempt but balloon too small for such. Solo flight

"Star of the West" Volume: 510
m3

Distance: 120
km 0
Miles Duration: 6 h 0 min

1840-08 First time Green publicly mentions Atlantic crossing by balloon.

Charles Green Copilot(s):

Green announces plans to fly from the new world to the old.


Volume: 0
m3

Distance: 0
km 0
Miles Duration: 0 h 0 min

1844-04-13 New York Sun prints Edgar Allan Poe's hoax.

Thomas Monck-Masonš Copilot(s): Robert Hollond

Claimed to have flown from North Wales to South Carolina.


"Victoria" Volume: 0
m3

Distance: 0
km 0
Miles Duration: 75 h 0 min

1859- Atlantic balloon. New York gas supply is inadequate.

Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe Copilot(s):

Balloon later renamed "Great Western"


"City of New York". Coal gas. Volume: 20500
m3

Distance: 0
km 0
Miles Duration: 0 h 0 min

1861-04-20 First flight over 1 000 miles. (False claim)

Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe Copilot(s):

Cincinnati to Pea Ridge. S Carolina. To prove possibility of Atlantic flight.

False claim. Max 700km straight line. 1000km total. Intermediate landing 600 (800) km

"Enterprise" Volume: 567
m3

Distance: 1000
km 0
Miles Duration: 9 h 0 min

1873-10-06 Atlantic attempt.

Washington Harrison Donaldson Copilot(s): Alfred Ford. George Ashton Hunt

Capitoline Grounds. Brooklyn to New Canaan. Connecticut


"New Graphic" Volume: 8495.05
m3

Distance: 65
km 0
Miles Duration: 4 h 0 min

1910-10-15 First North Atlantic attempt by airship.

Walter Wellman Copilot(s):

First radio distress call from aircraft

Unofficial distance record

Vaniman "America" enlarged Volume: 9800
m3

Distance: 1622
km 0
Miles Duration: 86 h 0 min

1919-07-06 First Atlantic crossing by airship (1st east-west by any aircraft).

George Herbert Scott. Major Copilot(s): 29. one (Mj Pritchard) arriving USA by parachute

East Fortune (UK) July 2nd - Mineola. Long Island. NY. July 6th.

Distance is the total ground distance covered

Beardmore HMA R34. Hydrogen Volume: 55217.9
m3

Distance: 5797
km 0
Miles Duration: 108.12 h 0 min

1919-07-13 First West-East North Atlantic crossing by airship.

George Herbert Scott. Major Copilot(s): 29

Mineola. Long Island. NY. July 9th to Pulham (UK) July 13th.

Distance is the total ground distance covered

Beardmore HMA R34. Hydrogen Volume: 55217.9
m3

Distance: 6138
km 0
Miles Duration: 73.03 h 0 min

1928-10-16 First commercial transatlantic flight.

Hugo Eckener Copilot(s): 40

Friedrichshafen. Germany. October 11th - Lakehurst. N Jersey. USA. October 16th.

Distance is the total ground distance covered

Zeppelin LZ 127. "Graf Zeppelin". Hydrogen/blaugas (fuel). Volume: 105000
m3

Distance: 0
km 0
Miles Duration: 111.44 h 0 min

1929-08-05 Positioning for Around-the World Flight.

Hugo Eckener Copilot(s):

Friedrichshafen. Germany. August 1st - Lakehurst. USA. August 5th

The sponsor required the global flight to start in USA. Distance is the total ground distance covered.

Zeppelin LZ 127. "Graf Zeppelin". Hydrogen/blaugas (fuel). Volume: 105000
m3

Distance: 0
km 0
Miles Duration: 95.22 h 0 min

1929-08-10 Around-the-world Flight. leg 1.

Hugo Eckener Copilot(s):

Lakehurst. USA. August 7th. - Friedrichshafen. Germany. August 10th

Distance is the total ground distance covered

Zeppelin LZ 127. "Graf Zeppelin". Hydrogen/blaugas (fuel). Volume: 105000
m3

Distance: 0
km 0
Miles Duration: 55.22 h 0 min

1929-09-04 Around-the-world Flight. leg 5.

Hugo Eckener Copilot(s):

Lakehurst. USA. September 1st to Friedrichshafen. Germany. September 4th

Distance is the total ground distance covered

Zeppelin LZ 127. "Graf Zeppelin". Hydrogen/blaugas (fuel). Volume: 105000
m3

Distance: 0
km 0
Miles Duration: 67.09 h 0 min

1958-12-12 Atlantic attempt. First East-west.

Arnold Eiloart Copilot(s): Tim Eiloart. Colin Mudie. Rosmary Mudie

Tenerife - 2400 km east of Caribbean islands

Arrived Barbados by balloon gondola

"Small World". Hydrogen Volume: 1500
m3

Distance: 0
km 0
Miles Duration: 94.3 h 0 min

1968-08-10 Atlantic attempt.

Mark Winters Copilot(s): Jerry Kostur

Halifax to 56 km southeast Halifax


"Maple Leaf". Helium. Volume: 991.09
m3

Distance: 113
km 0
Miles Duration: 20 h 0 min

1970-09-20 Atlantic attempt.

Malcolm Brighton Copilot(s): Rodney Anderson. Pamela Anderson

East Hampton to East of Newfoundland. Crew and balloon never found

Distance not verified. 2250 claimed

Brighton. "Free Life". Helium. Volume: 2067.13
m3

Distance: 2000
km 0
Miles Duration: 30 h 0 min

1973-08-07 Atlantic attempt.

Bob Sparks Copilot(s): Solo flight

Bar Harbor to 70 km Northeast St John's


"Yankee Zephyr". Helium. Volume: 2067.13
m3

Distance: 1350
km 0
Miles Duration: 23.3 h 0 min

1974-02-18 Atlantic attempt.

Tom Gatch Copilot(s): Solo flight

Harrisburg to unknown landing. Never found.

Distance not verified. 2250 claimed

"Light Heart". Helium Volume: 0
m3

Distance: 2000
km 0
Miles Duration: 18 h 0 min

1974-08-06 Atlantic attempt.

Bob Berger Copilot(s): Solo flight

Lakehurst to Barnegat Bay


"Spirit of Man". Helium Volume: 0
m3

Distance: 20
km 0
Miles Duration: 1 h 0 min

1975-01-06 Atlantic attempt.

Malcolm Forbes Copilot(s): Tom Heinsheimer

Santa Ana. California. Aborted


"Windborne". Helium Volume: 0
m3

Distance: 0
km 0
Miles Duration: 0 h 0 min

1975-08-21 Atlantic attempt.

Bob Sparks Copilot(s): Solo flight

Cape Cod to 200 km South of Cape Cod


"Odyssey". Helium. Volume: 2831.68
m3

Distance: 200
km 0
Miles Duration: 18 h 0 min

1976-06-25 Atlantic attempt.

Karl Thomas Copilot(s): Solo flight

Lakehurst to 600 km Northeast Bermuda


"Spirit of '76". 2 180 m3 helium Volume: 2180.4
m3

Distance: 885
km 0
Miles Duration: 33 h 0 min

1976-10-10 Atlantic attempt.

Edward Yost Copilot(s): Solo flight

Milbridge. Maine 05 Oct to 400 km East of Azores

Atlantic attempt. Ditched 37*11'N. 20*52'W

Yost GB-47. "Silver Fox". Helium. Volume: 1699.01
m3

Distance: 3983
km 0
Miles Duration: 107.37 h 0 min

1977-09-12 Atlantic attempt.

Maxie Leroy Anderson Copilot(s): Ben Abruzzo

Marshfield to 5 km off Northwest coast of Iceland

Measured on map: about 3500 km

Yost. "Double Eagle". N50DE Volume: 2860
m3

Distance: 3926
km 0
Miles Duration: 65.3 h 0 min

1977-10-11 Atlantic attempt.

Charles Dewey Reinhard Copilot(s): Charles Stephenson

Bar Harbor. Maine to 43 km SE Halifax


Yost. "Eagle". Volume: 2435.25
m3

Distance: 407
km 0
Miles Duration: 46 h 0 min

1978-07-30 Atlantic attempt.

Donald A. Cameron Copilot(s): Chris Davey

St. Johns. New Foundland to Bay of Biscay.


Cameron AT-165. "Zanussi". 4 672 m3 helium Volume: 4672.28
m3

Distance: 3339
km 0
Miles Duration: 96.24 h 0 min

1978-08-17 First successful Atlantic flight by balloon.

Maxie Leroy Anderson Copilot(s): Ben Abruzzo. Larry Newman

Presque Isle to Miserey. France

August 12. 0042 UTC to August 17. 1748

Yost. "Double Eagle II". N50DE Volume: 4530.7
m3

Distance: 5001
km 0
Miles Duration: 137.06 h 0 min

1984-09-18 First solo Atlantic crossing by balloon.

Joseph W. Kittinger Copilot(s): Solo flight

Caribou. Maine. Sept 15 - Cairo Montenotte. Italy. Sept 18.

Broke leg on landing.

Yost GB-55. "Rosie O'Grady". Helium. Volume: 2873.59
m3

Distance: 5703
km 0
Miles Duration: 83.4 h 0 min

1985-08-25 Atlantic attempt.

Henk Brink Copilot(s): Evelien Brink. Evert Louwman

St Johns. August 25 -26. Ditched about 800 miles west of Ireland.

Distance not verified. 2250 claimed

Cameron R- . "Flying Dutchman" Volume: 0
m3

Distance: 2000
km 0
Miles Duration: 26 h 0 min

1986-09-02 First successful Atlantic crossing by Rozičre balloon.

Henk Brink Copilot(s): Evelien Brink. Willem Hageman

St. Johns. Aug 31 - Almere. Netherlands. Sep 2


Cameron R-255. "Dutch Viking". Helium. Volume: 7220.8
m3

Distance: 4057.7
km 0
Miles Duration: 51.14 h 0 min

1987-07-03 First Atlantic crossing by Hot Air Balloon

Per Axel Lindstrand Copilot(s): Richard Branson

Sugar Loaf Mountain. Maine. July 2nd - Linavady. Ireland - Irish Sea. July 3rd.

Ditched in Irish Sea after record. First Atlantic crossing by Hot Air Balloon

Colt 2500A. "Virgin Atlantic Flyer". G-USUK Volume: 60513
m3

Distance: 4486.5
km 0
Miles Duration: 31.41 h 0 min

1992-02-14 First successful East-West Atlantic crossing.

Thomas Feliu Copilot(s): Jesus Gonzales Green

Canary Islands to Venezuela


Cameron R-60. "La Ciudad de Huelva". 1 699 m3 helium. Volume: 2115
m3

Distance: 5046
km 0
Miles Duration: 129.1 h 0 min

1992-09-16 First Transatlantic Balloon Race. Bangor. Maine Sep 16

Troy Bradley Copilot(s): Richard Abruzzo

Landed near Casablanca. Sep 22. Absolute World Duration Record.

Landed outside competition area (Europe)

Cameron R-77. "Chrysler 5". G-BUFE. 2 180 m3 helium. Volume: 2811
m3

Distance: 5340
km 0
Miles Duration: 144.16 h 0 min

1992-09-16 First Transatlantic Balloon Race. second place. Bangor. Maine Sep 16

Donald A. Cameron Copilot(s): Rob Bayly

Landed Figueira da Foz. Portugal. Sep 21

Second to land in Europe

Cameron R-77. "Chrysler 3". G-BUFC. 2 180 m3 helium. Volume: 2811
m3

Distance: 4822
km 0
Miles Duration: 124.06 h 0 min

1992-09-16 First Transatlantic Balloon Race. Bangor. Maine Sep 16

Erich Krafft Copilot(s): Jochen Maas

Ditched Sep 19 south of Greenland

Did not reach Europe

Cameron R-77. "Chrysler 2". G-BUFB. 2 180 m3 helium. Volume: 2811
m3

Distance: 2496
km 0
Miles Duration: 82.23 h 0 min

1992-09-16 First Transatlantic Balloon Race. Bangor. Maine Sep 16

Evert Louwman Copilot(s): Gerhard Hoogeslag

Ditched 49.20N 06.45W. near Lands End. Sep 21

Did not reach Europe

Cameron R-77. "Chrysler 4". G-BUFD. 2 180 m3 helium. Volume: 2811
m3

Distance: 4593
km 0
Miles Duration: 121.33 h 0 min

1992-09-16 Winner of first Transatlantic Balloon Race. Bangor. Maine Sep 16

Wim Verstraeten Copilot(s): Bertrand Piccard

Landed Peque. Spain. Sep 21.

First to land in Europe

Cameron R-77. "Chrysler 1". G-BUFA. 2 180 m3 helium. Volume: 2811
m3

Distance: 4931
km 0
Miles Duration: 119.2 h 0 min

1994-08-22 Atlantic crossing.

Steve Fossett Copilot(s): Tim Cole

St Johns. August 18 - Grande at Hamburg. Germany. August 22


Cameron R-77. "Peregrine". G-BVJO. 2 180 m3 helium. Volume: 2811
m3

Distance: 4378
km 0
Miles Duration: 75.18 h 0 min

1997-01-20 Around the World attempt. First over 3 continents. First to make 2 Atlantic crossings.

Steve Fossett Copilot(s): Solo flight

St Louis. USA to Varanasi. India. Lost time avoiding Libyan airspace.

RTW flight attempt no 8. Absolute World Distance and Duration Record.

Cameron R-210. 5947 cu m helium Volume: 7587
m3

Distance: 16674
km 0
Miles Duration: 146.44 h 0 min

1998-01-05 Fastest Atlantic crossing. First to make 3 Atlantic crossings.

Steve Fossett Copilot(s): Solo flight

St. Louis. USA to Krasnodar. Russia. RTW attempt no 11 but landed after attempts 12 & 13

Total track distance about 11500 km

Cameron R-210 Volume: 7587
m3

Distance: 9338
km 0
Miles Duration: 108.23 h 0 min

1998-08-16 Around the World attempt. First South Atlantic crossing. first Indian ocean crossing.

Steve Fossett Copilot(s): Solo flight

Mendoza. Argentina 7 Aug to Chesterfield Reef. Coral sea 16 Aug.

RTW flight attempt no 15. Absolute Distance Record. Ditched in Coral Sea due severe weather

Cameron R-450 Volume: 15222
m3

Distance: 22910
km 0
Miles Duration: 205.59 h 0 min

1999-03-21 First Around-the-World Flight.

Bertrand Piccard Copilot(s): Brian Jones

Chateau d'Oex. Switzerland to Dakhla. Egypt.

RTW time 370h 24 min. Total track 45755 km. 7 World Records

Cameron R-650. "Breitling Orbiter 3". HB-BRA Volume: 23544
m3

Distance: 40814
km 0
Miles Duration: 477.47 h 0 min

2000-03-03 Around-the-World attempt

Kevin J. Uliassi Copilot(s): Solo flight

Rockford. Illinois to Nyaungu. Myanmar

RTW flight atempt no 19. Track distance 21 194 km (not verified). AM 13-14 duration record

Uliassi AM-12 homebuilt. N761JR Volume: 13727
m3

Distance: 20455
km 0
Miles Duration: 243.28 h 0 min

2000-09-05 Atlantic crossing. AM8-10 duration record

Laurent Lajoye Copilot(s): Christophe Houver

From St. John. New Brunswick. Canada to Saon. Calvados. France.

August 30. 03:48 to September 5. 06:37 UTC

Lindstrand Rozičre balloon Volume: 2700
m3

Distance: 4792.57
km 0
Miles Duration: 146.49 h 0 min

2002-07-03 Second Around-the-World Flight. First solo flight Around-the-World

Steve Fossett Copilot(s): Solo flight

Northam airport. West Australia to the Blue Hills. Queensland. Australia. Total track dist. 34 242 km

Absolute Around the World record. 320 hours 33 min. AM14 distance and duration record

Cameron R-600. "Bud Light Spirit of Freedom" Volume: 18429
m3

Distance: 33195.1
km 0
Miles Duration: 355.5 h 0 min

2003-09-29 First transatlantic flight in an open wicker basket

David Hempleman-Adams Copilot(s): Solo flight

Sussex. New Brunswick. Canada to Grange Lane. Stalmine. Hambleton near Blackpool. UK

Launch 26 September at 0537 UTC. Landing at 1654 UTC 29 September

Cameron R-90. G-BYZX. "Pinneys Smoked Salmon" Volume: 2998
m3

Distance: 4427.4
km 0
Miles Duration: 83.17 h 0 min


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2017-05-25