Askania’s tribute to the first transatlantic flight from East to West: The Bremen Collection
excerpt by Montredo, August 5, 2020
The 1920s were filled with technical records, especially in the field of aviation. The German aviation pioneer Ehrenfried Günther Freiherr von Hünefeld, who as press officer of Norddeutsche Lloyd at the time was actually committed to seafaring, played an important part in this.
Von Hünefeld had the idea for a foolhardy suicide mission that would take him in a plane from Ireland to America – without a stopover. The destination: New York on the East coast of the USA. From there, Charles Lindbergh already succeeded in crossing the Atlantic when he flew all by himself from the Big Apple to Paris in 1927.
The flight, which had previously cost 29 people their lives in similar endeavors, was considered a hopeless venture. The strong westerly winds and the long distance were simply too much for the aircrafts of their time.