|The America at the end of its transatlantic flight in 1927, near Ver-sur-Mer|
|Other name(s)||Fokker F.9|
|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.
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.
- The Trans-Atlantic Flight of the 'America'
- The America-Gold Beach museum
- Richard Byrd, Anthony Fokker, Bert Acosta, George Noville, Bernt Balchen and the "America" in historic Fox Movietone newsreel recorded May 19, 1927[best viewed in Firefox] ..University of South Carolina]
- more Fox Movietone newsreel footage..[Firefox](University of South Carolina)
- America in pictures: #1,..#2,..#3,..#4