One hundred years ago to the day, a crew of six men and a cat left New Jersey in the first-ever attempt to cross the Atlantic in a powered flying machine.
The America flew out of Atlantic City on 15 October, 1910, after weeks of build-up and speculation over whether she would ever leave the ground.
The crew's first crisis was a howling protest from their good luck mascot, a cat named Kiddo.
Chief Engineer Mervin Vaniman stuffed Kiddo into a bag and attempted to lower it onto the motor launch following the airship. But the boat was too far behind and the cat was pulled back up again.
Murray Simon wrote: "You must never cross the Atlantic in an airship without a cat - more useful to us than any barometer."
Saturday, October 16, 2010
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