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Author Ryan, Jason (Journalist), author.

Title Race to Hawaii : the 1927 Dole Air Derby and the thrilling first flights that opened the Pacific / Jason Ryan.

Publication Info. Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    629.1309 RYA    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xiv, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-294) and index.
Contents The Navy's PN-9 No. 1 -- The Army's Bird of Paradise -- The Dole Derby.
Summary "Today, a trip to Hawaii is a simple six-hour flight from the West Coast, but almost a century ago, it was a nerve-wracking and twenty-six-hour journey across 2,400 miles of the open Pacific. Race to Hawaii chronicles the thrilling first flights during the Golden Age of Aviation, a time when new airplanes traveled farther and faster but were also unreliable, fragile, and hampered by primitive air navigation equipment. The US Navy tried first, sending flying boats winging toward the islands. Next came Army Air Corps aviators and a civilian pilot, who informally raced each other to Hawaii in the weeks after Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic to land the Spirit of St. Louis in Paris. Finally came the Dole Derby, an unprecedented 1927 air race in which eight planes set off at once across the Pacific, all eager to claim a cash prize offered by Pineapple King, James Dole. Military men, barnstormers, a schoolteacher, a Wall Street bond salesman, a Hollywood stunt flyer, and veteran World War aces all encountered every type of hazard during their perilous flights, from fuel shortages to failed engines, forced sea landings and severe fatigue to navigational errors. With so many pilots taking aim at the far-flung islands in so many different types of planes, everyone wondered who would reach Hawaii first, or at all." --
Subject Dole Air Race (1927).
Transpacific flights -- History -- 20th century.
Aeronautics -- Hawaii -- History -- 20th century.
Airplane racing -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780912777252 (hardcover)
0912777257 (hardcover)

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