When Air Mail Was Shot from Ships: The Glory Days
Grover, David, Sea Classics
In the early 1930s, even though Zeppelin service had reduced the time of passages to South America as well as to North America, there was still no plane capable of flying that stretch of the Atlantic that seemed to be most readily conquered: The 1800 miles of the South Atlantic between Africa and Brazil. In 1928 the French, turning their backs on the catapult capabilities they had pioneered on the ILE DE FRANCE, had established airmail service to South America, but used a converted Navy destroyer named AIR FRANCE III on the ocean portion of the route between Dakar and Natal.
To fill the obvious vacuum in this South Atlantic service the German airline Deutsche Luft Hansa or DLH …
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Publication information: Article title: When Air Mail Was Shot from Ships: The Glory Days. Contributors: Grover, David - Author. Magazine title: Sea Classics. Volume: 32. Issue: 7 Publication date: July 1999. Page number: 36+. © Challenge Publications Inc. Mar 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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