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If no mishap occurs, within 30
hours they will land on the coast of
Ireland. Orville Wright believes it
will take only about 25 hours for the
flight, while Glenn Curtiss asserts it
could be made in eealess time.
The one great difficulty is that of
carrying the needed fuel. According
to Harry Atwood, over a ton of gaso
line would be nc"eded for the 1,900
mile trip. But a French engineer,
Paul Schmitt, has just carried a ton-'and-a-half
load in an aeroplane capa
ble of making the 75-mile speed re
quired for the frans-Atlantic flight.
And if, after all, the trans-Atlantic
route fails, it is very probable that the
Labrador - Iceland - Greenland - He
brides route will succeed. As the ac
companying map shows this would
cut down to very feasible distances
the necessary flights between land
In view of these facts, it seems
probable that the biggest of the
world's unaccomplished deeds of dar
ing will be realized this year. More
than half a dozen expert aviators are
working on the idea.
WHAT AIRMEN AND EXPERTS
By Harry T. Atwood,
Winner of the Great St. Louis-to-New
York Flying Race.
Toledo, 0. "I think there will be
two attempts to fly across the ocean
this year. And I think one or both
will be successful. The greatest diffi
culty will be in carrying sufficient fuel
supply. The engine capable of lifting
the load and jet not consuming ex
cessive gasoline will require at least
one and one-half, pounds of fuel per
By Harold McCormick,
The Only Millionaire Owner and
Operator of a Hydroplane.
Chicago, III. "It is very hard to
deal with the future in this problem.
I am absolutely confident of the ulti
mate development of the flying boat.
But I have seen wonderful possibili
ties in aviation from the first, and I
must say it has not made the stride
I had hoped for. This makes me
rather thoughtful and conservative
about what may be in store for us
in the future."
Curtiss' Backer Says:
New York. "The Atlantic will be
successfully crossed in a single flight
of an airship," declared Rodman
Wanamaker, who is financing' Glenn
H. Curtiss' over-ocean flight." "Then
there will soon follow regular trans
Atlantic trips, and it will not be long
before a fixed, safe trans-Atlantic
passenger air line is established."
By Lincoln Beachey,
Whose Dare-Devil Aerial Perform
ances Have Won Him the Title' of
World's Master Birdman.
Los Angeles. "A trans-Atlantic
flight would be possible only with out
side, assistance, such as four to ten
ships stationed along the route. At
least three landings would be neces
sary, and favorable water conditions
would be absolutely necessary for the
landings. Unless the government
would furnish the boats, the expense
would be prohibitive."
Dayton, O. "A successful passage
across the Atlantic will be made," is
the prediction of Orville Wright. "I
hope an American will be the first to
cross the ocean in an aeroplane," he
says, "yet I should not be surprised if
some Frenchman,. seated in the very
lightest kind of a machine, with two
sticks for a seat, and no other weight
than a gasoline tank, was successful
in making the first flight."
By W. T. Thomas,
Of the Thomas Bros. Aero Co.
Bath, N. Y. "We think it entirely '
possible to fly over the Atlantic ocean
this year. The chief difficulties would
be motor trouble, steering a good
course, and a high enough powered
motor to carry a large machine and