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Fast Atlantic Crossing by Air

Nature volume 140, page 581 (02 October 1937) | Download Citation



THE Empire flying-boat Cambria crossed the Atlantic on September 28 in the fastest time ever recorded. The distance of 2,000 miles from Newfoundland to Foynes, near Limerick, was covered in 10 hr. 36 min., giving an average speed of 190 miles an hour. According to the account in The Times of September 29, Captain G. J. Powell made tests of speed at various altitudes. During the first part of the flight he remained at 4,000–5,000 ft. and made speeds of 172·6–185 m.p.h. Later he climbed to 7,000 ft. and attained a speed of 195 m.p.h. Bad weather then forced him to 13,000 ft. when his speed fell to 167 m.p.h. Eventually, he reduced the height to 10,000 ft., where the most favourable wind foe the easterly part of the journey was found.

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