It was as recently as December 17th, 1903 that Wilbur and Orville Wright made man’s first sustained flights in an engine-driven
airplane at Kitty-Hawk, North Carolina, in the United States.
Alberto Santos Dumont, on September 13, 1909, The Brazilian pioneer airman made
the first airplane flight in all of Europe. The first United States Air Mail Service was
begun on May 15th, 1918 between New York City and Washington, D.C.
It was only 26 years ago, within the easy recollections of men living today, that the
first flight across the Atlantic Ocean was accomplished.
Four United States Navy Flying boats left Newfoundland on May 16th, 1919. Only one of
these reached England, fifteen days later.