AERONAUTICS: Flights & Flyers: Jul. 21, 1930

Natal-Dakar. Although the South Atlantic has been flown many times from east to west, the eastward route has yet to yield passage to an airplane. Last week Jean Mermoz, pilot for Aeropostale, and two companions took off from Natal, Brazil, flew 16 hours, landed 350 mi. short of Dakar, Africa with a leaky oil line. Flyers and mail were picked up by the despatch boat Phocée, but the seaplane had to be abandoned. Mermoz recently flew the first westbound mail from Senegal to Natal, pioneering a prospective...

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