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Title:
Race to Hawaii : the 1927 Dole Air Derby and the thrilling first flights that opened the Pacific / Jason Ryan.
ISBN:
9780912777252
Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2018]

©2018.
Physical Description:
xiv, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents:
The Navy's PN-9 No. 1 -- The Army's Bird of Paradise -- The Dole Derby.
Abstract:
"Today, a trip to Hawaii is a simple six-hour flight from the West Coast, but almost a century ago, it was a nerve-wracking and twenty-six-hour journey across 2,400 miles of the open Pacific. Race to Hawaii chronicles the thrilling first flights during the Golden Age of Aviation, a time when new airplanes traveled farther and faster but were also unreliable, fragile, and hampered by primitive air navigation equipment. The US Navy tried first, sending flying boats winging toward the islands. Next came Army Air Corps aviators and a civilian pilot, who informally raced each other to Hawaii in the weeks after Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic to land the Spirit of St. Louis in Paris. Finally came the Dole Derby, an unprecedented 1927 air race in which eight planes set off at once across the Pacific, all eager to claim a cash prize offered by Pineapple King, James Dole. Military men, barnstormers, a schoolteacher, a Wall Street bond salesman, a Hollywood stunt flyer, and veteran World War aces all encountered every type of hazard during their perilous flights, from fuel shortages to failed engines, forced sea landings and severe fatigue to navigational errors. With so many pilots taking aim at the far-flung islands in so many different types of planes, everyone wondered who would reach Hawaii first, or at all." -- Amazon.com.
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Today, a trip to Hawaii is a simple six-hour flight from the West Coast, but almost a century ago, it was a nerve-wracking and twenty-six-hour journey across 2,400 miles of the open Pacific. Race to Hawaii chronicles the thrilling first flights during the Golden Age of Aviation, a time when new airplanes traveled farther and faster but were also unreliable, fragile, and hampered by primitive air navigation equipment. The US Navy tried first, sending flying boats winging toward the islands. Next came Army Air Corps aviators and a civilian pilot, who informally raced each other to Hawaii in the weeks after Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic to land the Spirit of St. Louis in Paris. Finally came the Dole Derby, an unprecedented 1927 air race in which eight planes set off at once across the Pacific, all eager to claim a cash prize offered by Pineapple King, James Dole. Military men, barnstormers, a schoolteacher, a Wall Street bond salesman, a Hollywood stunt flyer, and veteran World War aces all encountered every type of hazard during their perilous flights, from fuel shortages to failed engines, forced sea landings and severe fatigue to navigational errors. With so many pilots taking aim at the far-flung islands in so many different types of planes, everyone wondered who would reach Hawaii first, or at all.


Author Notes

Jason Ryan is the author of Jackpot: High Times , High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs and Hell-Bent: One Man's Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob .


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this entertaining account, journalist Ryan (Hell Bent: One Man's Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob) recounts the harrowing stories of the first efforts to reach Hawaii by air from California, which, at the dawn of aviation in the 1920s, was as fanciful-and as alluring-as flying to Mars seems now. Most travelers today don't consider how difficult it was just a century ago to get to Hawaii at all, given the islands' relative tininess in the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. But as flight technology improved in the wake of WWI, several American airmen-military and civilian-resolved to battle adverse weather, limited fuel-carrying capacity, and the navigational challenges of the 2,400-mile trip to try to win the honor of being first to fly there. An attempt by the U.S. Navy in 1925 left several men lost at sea for days. On June 29, 1927, two Army officers accomplished the feat, landing in Oahu and becoming media sensations. Later that summer, 10 men competing in the Dole Derby, a contest sponsored by pineapple magnate James Dole, perished in their attempts to duplicate the feat. Aviation buffs, armchair adventurers, historians, and Hawaii aficionados will be unable to put down this gripping book. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Part I The Navy's PN-9 No. 1p. 1
Part II The Army's Bird of Paradisep. 67
Part III The Dole Derbyp. 169
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
Notesp. 275
Bibliographyp. 291
Indexp. 295