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Record-setting flights.

The Navy's achievement of the first transatlantic flight paved the way for future record-setting military and civilian flights. The NC-4, above, departed Newfoundland, Canada, on 16 May 1919 and arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, on 27 May 1919 after a layover in the Azores. Top right, the NC-4's crew comprised (left to right) Machinist's Mate Eugene S. Rhoads, Lieutenant James L. Breese, Lieutenant (jg) Walter K. Hinton, Lieutenant Elmer F. Stone, USCG, and Lieutenant Commander Albert C. Read. The NC-4 flight terminated at Plymouth, England, on 31 May.

Above right, on 16 July 1957 Major John H. Glenn, Jr., USMC, broke the transcontinental speed record in an F8U-1P Crusader during a flight from Los Alamitos, Calif., to Floyd Bennett Field, N.Y, in 3 hours 22 minutes 50.05 seconds for an average speed of 723.517 mph. This was the first supersonic flight from the West Coast to the East Coast.

Left, the Pacific Fleet naval air commander and the CO of Hornet (CVS 12) greet the pilots of an SH-3A Sea King after a test flight from Hornet on 5 March 1965. The next day, copilot Lieutenant David Beil, left, and pilot Commander James Williford took off from Hornet at NAS North Island, Calif, and landed aboard Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) at Mayport, Fla., exceeding the existing distance record for helicopters by more than 700 miles.

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