|The Flying Firsts
of Walter Hinton
Benjamin J. Burns
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Mcfarland (January 10, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
Walter Hinton was a pilot on the first plane to cross the Atlantic (eight years before Lindbergh)--a four-engine, Navy-Curtiss flying boat with a crew of six, in May 1919. Based on more than 40 hours of personal interviews with Hinton, this volume chronicles that first flight and Hinton's other remarkable adventures in aviation--which include being lost in a downed balloon in the Canadian Arctic and believed dead, making the first flight to Rio de Janeiro from New York, pursuing the first aerial exploration of the Amazon, and undertaking a nationwide promotion of aviation and airports for the Exchange Clubs in the United States. With the dramatic and adventurous story of Hinton, a lost chapter in the history of flight in America is uncovered.
About the Author
Benjamin J. Burns is a professor and director of the journalism program at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a former executive editor of the Detroit News.