St. Raphael (aircraft)

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St. Raphael
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Fokker F.VIIa similar to the St. Raphael
Type Fokker F.VIIa
Construction number 5023
Registration G-EBTQ
Fate Lost Atlantic Ocean 1927

The St. Raphael was a Fokker F.VIIa monoplane that was used in 1927 for a transatlantic flight from England to Canada in an attempt to be the first to cross from east to west. With the owner and financial backer Princess Anne of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg as a passenger, the aircraft departed RAF Upavon, Wiltshire, at 7:30 on 31 August 1927 with Frederick F. Minchin and Leslie Hamilton as flight crew.[1] The St. Raphael's last confirmed sighting was west of Ireland, approximately 1200 miles from Upavon at 21:44 by the SS Josiah Macy;[2] after a number of unconfirmed reports the aircraft and occupants were never seen again.

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  1. ^ "Atlantic Flight to the West - British Airmen's Start - A Woman Passenger". News. The Times (44675). London. 1 September 1927. p. 10. 
  2. ^ "The Missing Aeroplane - Labrador Report Unconfirmed". News. The Times (44678). London. 5 September 1927. p. 10.