All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Friday, July 28, 2006

Paris Man on First Trans-Pacific Flight

Ed Lyon comes up from Florida each summer to live in Jay, but spends much of his time in Oxford County researching his relative Harry Lyon—a Paris man who was navigator on the first trans-Pacific flight in 1928.
The four-man crew of the Southern Cross made their celebrated flight in 10 days. The small, fabric-covered plane left Oakland on May 31, 1928, and arrived in Brisbane on June 9, stopping in Hawaii and Fiji. Harry Lyon had other adventures, but eventually retired to his father's house on Paris Hill, known to locals as the Lyon's Den. [Link (reg. req.)]
Here's some more info on the historic flight and then-and-now photos of the aircraft, which was in the air 83 hours while completing the 7,388 mile trip. The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has interviews with one of the flight's commanders, Sir Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith.

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