May 16, 1919

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Albert C. “Putty” Read and a crew of five fly from Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland, to Lisbon, Portugal, via the Azores, in the Curtiss NC-4 flying boat, spending 53 hours, 58 minutes aloft. This is the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by air. Two other NC-4s start the trip but do not complete it.