America (aircraft)

The America was a Fokker C-2 trimotor monoplane that was flown in 1927 by Richard E. Byrd, Bernt Balchen, George Otto Noville, and Bert Acosta on their transatlantic flight.

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The America at the end of its transatlantic flight in 1927, near Ver-sur-Mer
Other name(s) Fokker F.9
Type Fokker C-2
Registration NX206
Flights 1
Total distance 3,800 mi (6,116 km)
Fate Ditched near Ver-sur-Mer on 1 July 1927
Preserved at machine written off


For eight years after the first non-stop heavier than air Atlantic crossing by a British Vickers Vimy in 1919, there were no further such flights. Then, in 1927, three crossings were made by American flyers, the America's being the third after Lindbergh's first solo crossing in the Spirit of St. Louis flight and Clarence Chamberlin's Columbia flight from New York to Berlin. All three were aspiring to win the Orteig Prize. It was also the first aircraft to carry official airmail across the Atlantic.[citation needed]

The America was destroyed after it was ditched near the French village of Ver-sur-Mer, having flown to Paris but being unable to land due to fog. Distance covered was about 3,800 miles not counting the time and distance spent at Paris waiting in vain for the fog to clear. After it was towed ashore, it was torn apart by souvenir hunters.[citation needed] Portions of the aircraft reside in several museums in Europe and in the United States.[citation needed]

The America is a subject of the America/Goldbeach Museum, located in Ver-sur-Mer.[citation needed]

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