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A History of the Navy in 100 Objects
A History of the Navy in 100 Objects

Object 41: Fabric and metal from NC-4, First Airplane to Cross the Atlantic

World War I spurred naval aviation development into high gear, and helped set in motion the development of the aircraft and the training of aviators that would go on to make the first trans-Atlantic crossing. In a tremendous logistical undertaking that in many way's eclipsed that of the Great White Fleet, the US Navy set up an unbroken line of warships across the Atlantic Ocean. These ships held position in stormy seas with their spotlights illuminating the sky to help guide the Glenn Curtis-built flying boat NC-4 during its historic crossing.

Fabric and Meta from NC-4

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