The Flight of the ‘Bremen’ – ‘City Full of History’ Episode 6

Last time on “City Full of History”, we followed John Champe in his attempt to infiltrate British New York and kidnap the treacherous Benedict Arnold.  This week we soar with the ‘Bremen’, the first airplane to cross the Atlantic Ocean non-stop from East to West!  Come along as we follow the intrepid aviators of the ‘Bremen’ through 1928 New York City!

The history of transatlantic flight is at once both fascinating and tragic, reflecting the pace of early advancements in aviation.  The Atlantic Ocean was first crossed non-stop by John Alcock and Arthur Brown in 1919, a mere 16 years after the Wright Brothers first took flight at Kitty Hawk.  Others would follow Alcock and Brown’s exploit; Richard Byrd, Clarence Chamberlin, and of course, Charles Lindbergh.  While all of these aviators had crossed the Atlantic they had all done it by crossing from west to east, and there was a reason for that: it was easier.

The prevailing winds over the North Atlantic blow from west to east.  So if you’re flying from North America to Europe you will be carried along by the wind and have an easier time of it.  Coming the other way, you’ll be fighting the wind.  Which is why, for almost a year after Lindbergh won the Orteig Prize, no one had been able to do it non-stop in an airplane.  Then came the ‘Bremen’, crewed by Captain Hermann Koehl, Major James Fitzmaurice, and Baron Guenther von Huenefeld.  Less than a decade before the flight of the ‘Bremen’, the Irish Fitzmaurice had fought on the opposite side of World War I from the Germans Koehl and von Huenefeld.  Ten years later these three men would cross an ocean to prove not only the possibility of transatlantic flight, but also, as Fitzmaurice wrote “the great progress that has been made in transforming aviation from a war weapon into a peace force.”

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Kidnapping Benedict Arnold: the Saga of John Champe – ‘City Full of History’ Episode 5

This week on “City Full of History”, we visit three states to track down the saga of John Champe, the American soldier who defected TWICE and infiltrated British held New York City in an attempt to kidnap the treacherous Benedict Arnold!

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Iron Witness to History: the Bowling Green Fence – ‘City Full of History’ Episode 2

This week on “City Full of History” we visit Bowling Green Park, one of the most historic sites in New York.  Lots of people have heard the story of the tearing down of King George III’s statue, but what most don’t realize is you can go to Bowling Green and actually see the evidence of it today!

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Harbo, Samuelsen, and the Fantastic Voyage of “The Fox” – ‘City Full of History’ Episode 1

The first episode of “City Full of History” is here!  This week we’re talking about the intrepid, and often overlooked, voyage of George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen as they rowed “The Fox” across the Atlantic!

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NEW SHOW COMING SOON! New York: A City Full of History

While looking through some old newspaper archives I stumbled across an article in the New York Tribune called “A City Full of History and Nobody Cares.” Published on August 13, 1922, the piece was written by Francis A. Collins and included sketches by noted illustrator Louis M. Glackens. The crux of the article was that New York was a city in danger of losing its history. There were historical events all around, but most were unsung, unmarked, and unremembered.

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Come along as we track down some of New York’s most fascinating unsung stories and shine a little light in some forgotten corners of history!

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