"The Flight from Scotland To New York", The Independent, New York, July 19, 1919

pp. 86-88.

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The Flight from Scotland To New York

(Captions to photos on the left hand side of the page)

"Here are the rear and forward gondolas of the R-34 resting almost on the ground at Roosevelt field and surrounded by some of the six hundred doughboys that helped tie the giant airship down."

"Roosevelt Field and the aviation camp at Mineola as they looked from the approaching airship. In the foreground are some of the army planes lined up outside the hangers. The boundaries of the big flying field are marked distinctly by a border of trees. In the background is the encampment proper."


The dirigible R-34 that made the first flight from Europe to America is 670 feet long and 79 feet wide - the biggest airship afloat. It made the tribe of 5000 miles in four days and a half ... carried a crew of twenty-nine [men] besides a kitten for mascot, and a stowaway - a rigger named Ballantine who had worked in the dirigible and refused to let it cross without him.


These three mechanics of the R-34 were photographed just after they landed, wearing their flight suits with a parachute attachment in front ready for instant emergency use. At the right is the parachute jump that Major Pritchard made from an altitude of 2000 field to Roosevelt Field to superintend the landing of the R-34. The fact that the camera was just under the big dirigible gives it the queer effect of a nose dive.

c. Underwood and Underwood