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On This Day in History, April 30: California to Brooklyn in Record Time

On April 30, 1935, Commander D.W. Tomlinson with H.B. Snead and Peter Redpatch in a Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA) plane set a nonstop record from Burbank, California to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. 
 
The timing was 11:05:45 in a Douglas DC-1, with two Wright Cyclone engines.
 
Flying 80 percent of the time guided by instruments — the Sperry gyropilot (an invention of Brooklynite Elmer Sperry) — they were helped to a speed of 280 miles per hour by a high tail wind and the three-mile-high layer of light air through which they were flying. One minute before 8 p.m. New York time they streaked across the field, too high and too fast to make an approach. Tomlinson had to take the plane ten miles out over the Atlantic Ocean and turn back while slowing down and losing enough altitude to land.
 
— V. Parker
April 30, 2012 - 12:12am


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