Berlin-New York Round Trip Takes Less Than Two Days (Nov, 1938)

For some reason this reminds me of a scene from Johnny Dangerously where Danny DeVito is trying to bribe the D.A. and one of the things he offers him is a new automatic oven that can “cook a turkey in less than a day!”.

Berlin-New York Round Trip Takes Less Than Two Days

Forty-four hours and forty-six minutes from Berlin to New York and back again. Eight thousand miles over land and ocean in a four-motored land plane. That was the record written into the aviation books by the German air liner “Brandenburg” which, with its crew of four, made the first westward crossing of the Atlantic nonstop from the German capital to New York and then turned around to beat the previous record for the eastbound trip. Capt. Alfred Henke had figured on a twenty-hour eastward flight. He beat his schedule by five minutes, averaging 207 miles an hour. His westbound time had been twenty-four hours fifty-one minutes. The plane is a commercial type with a capacity for twenty-four passengers, and its quartet of 850-horsepower engines are of American type, built in Germany under license by an American firm. The plane weighs nineteen tons. Three hours’ fuel supply remained when the ship landed on this side, and of 2,580 gallons of gasoline taken on at New York there remained ninety-two gallons when the return trip ended.

6 comments
  1. rs-232 says: August 3, 200711:28 am

    Unless your Jewish that is, in which case you might never return.
    Looks like a Nazi version of “To Serve Man”

  2. avatar28 says: August 3, 20074:25 pm

    Hehe. We’re so spoiled. I could, if I had the money, hop onto a plane at JFK, be in Berlin less than nine hours later, then turn around, hop another flight and be back in NY in less than another nine hours. The plane is a commercial type with a capacity for 200-400 passengers and weighs about 200 tons fully loaded. It’s average speed would be upwards of 500 mph. It’s dual engines produce a maximum of about 90,000 horsepower each at crusing speed.

    :)

  3. Blurgle says: August 3, 20077:50 pm

    The problem is, the Condor couldn’t have made it all the way across with a full complement of passengers. It simply didn’t have the power.

    Much more interesting is the first nonstop airmail flight from America to Europe. Few Americans know about the flight of the , but the aviators are honoured on Lithuanian currency.

  4. Blurgle says: August 3, 20077:50 pm

    Not sure what happened to the code there, but it was the Lituanica.

  5. jayessell says: August 4, 200710:01 am

    Clarlie, a not that long ago article described a suborbital Berlin to New York passenger rocket.
    Now… A berlin to New York passenger aircraft?

    Was there realy that much demand for Berlin/New York travel in the 1930s?

  6. Charlie says: August 4, 200710:37 am

    I think it had more to do with who was innovating in aviation at the time. If you were going to stage an impressive flight from Berlin, where would you go? Capetown? New York is the obvious choice. If it were being done by Americans I’ll bet that the other city would just as likely have been Paris or London.

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