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Letter: Air pioneers

Sir: Further to Tony Glynn's letter (17 November) pointing out that Alcock and Brown's 1919 flight across the Atlantic preceded that of Charles Lindbergh in 1927, I feel I should add that sadly Lindbergh was not even the third to cross. Also in 1919 the English dirigible R34 with 31 men on board crossed from Scotland to America (and returned). In 1924 the German ZR3 flew from Friedrichshafen to Lakehurst, New Jersey with a crew of 33. Lindbergh was the sixty-seventh.