America (aircraft)

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This article is about the Fokker C-2 named "America". For the airship, see America (airship).
Other name(s) Fokker F.9
Type Fokker C-2
Registration NX206
Flights 1
Total distance 3,800 mi (6,116 km)
Fate Diched near Ver-sur-Mer on 1 July 1927 and torn apart by souvenir hunters.

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


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 United States 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.

The America was destroyed after it was ditched near the French village of Ver-sur-Mer after having flown to Paris but 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. Portions of the aircraft reside in several museums in Europe and in the United States. Some portions of the plane are commercially available.

The "America" is also the subject of the "America-Gold Beach museum", located in Ver-sur-Mer.


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