The Flying Firsts of Walter Hinton

From the 1919 Transatlantic Flight to the Arctic and the Amazon


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About the Book

Walter Hinton was a pilot on the first plane to cross the Atlantic (eight years before Lindbergh)—a four-engine, Navy-Curtiss flying boat with a crew of six, in May 1919. Based on more than 40 hours of personal interviews with Hinton, this volume chronicles that first flight and Hinton’s other remarkable adventures in aviation—which include being lost in a downed balloon in the Canadian Arctic and believed dead, making the first flight to Rio de Janeiro from New York, pursuing the first aerial exploration of the Amazon, and undertaking a nationwide promotion of aviation and airports for the Exchange Clubs in the United States. With the dramatic and adventurous story of Hinton, a lost chapter in the history of flight in America is uncovered.

About the Author(s)

The late Benjamin J. Burns was a professor and director of the journalism program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a former executive editor of the Detroit News.

Bibliographic Details

Benjamin J. Burns
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: 22 photos, 2 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6447-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8794-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Preface      1

Prologue      5

1. In the Beginning      7

2. November 10, 1888, to February 12, 1908—Van Wert, Ohio      15

3. And See the World      20

4. June 1917 to May 8, 1919      30

5. Chatham, Massachusetts, Chatham Naval Air Station      52

6. With the NC-1 and NC-3      65

7. May 16–17, 1919, Aboard the NC-4      76

8. May 16–17, 1919, Aboard the NC-1      82

9. May 16–20, 1919, Aboard the NC-3      89

10. Brits Fly for Honor: March 28, 1919–May 18, 1919      99

11. British Bombers Compete: May 13–26, 1919      109

12. Lisbon and Beyond      116

13. Ballooning into Canada      131

14. Hopping Down to Rio      156

15. Exploring the Amazon Basin      174

16. Hinton the Celebrity      192

17. Touring the Country for the Exchange Clubs and Beyond      206

Epilogue      220

Chapter Notes      233

Bibliography      243

Index      247

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