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Air Patrol Of The Atlantic USS
Air Patrol Of The Atlantic USS
Henry Edwards, Reuterdahl
Accession Number: 60-380-V
Original work: Drawing, Acrylic
Original size: 21 by 28 inches

Though the airplane was still early in its development, Benson saw the advantages of having them in the fleet. Between April 1917 and November 1918, the number of aircraft owned by the Navy grew from 54 to 2,107. The most remembered naval aircraft type of the war was the Curtiss NC, or flying boat. In 1919, this type was the first aircraft to fly over the Atlantic Ocean. Here a flying boat is seen in company with USS Edwards DD-265, which ferried spare parts for planes to Newfoundland. Benson felt that the place of aviation was as an integral part of the fleet, not separate, so he abolished the Aviation Division of the Office of the CNO and moved its functions to the Bureau of Navigation. Military powers of World War I sought to exploit the potential of aviation. On 8 May 1919 three Navy Curtiss (NC) “flying boats” took off from Naval Air Station Rockaway, New York attempting to complete the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Only one of the three aircraft, NC-4, completed the trip from New York to Lisbon, Portugal, arriving 27 May after many stops and repairs. Here, USS Edwards (DD-265) is on Station No. 8, providing the aircraft with position, wind direction, and other information. The record set by NC-4 was surpassed by the British two weeks later with the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic

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