NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

R3413th July, 1919 : The British airship R-34 landed in Norfolk today after the first two-way crossing of the North Atlantic by air. On board was the first transatlantic air stowaway, rigger William Ballantyne, who hid on board when he was dropped from the crew at the last moment. The R-34, with a crew of 30, left Edinburgh on July 2, arriving at Long Island, New York, on July 6, taking only slightly longer than the liner Mauretania to make the crossing. One member had to parachute to the ground on arrival to help anchor the airship.

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