North Sea flight

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Taking off in his Blériot XI-2 plane, from Cruden Bay, Scotland, [Tryggve] Gran landed 4 hours 10 minutes later at Kleppe, near Stavanger, Norway, after a flight of 465 kilometres (289 mi).

“It is the longest oversea flight without sight of land which has so far been made. Lieut. Gran stopped his engine, and gliding down through the clouds landed safely at 5.18 p.m., English time, on the shore of a lake 20 miles south of Stavanger. The distance of 320 miles had therefore been covered in 4 hrs.”

Flight, “Official Organ of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom,” No. 293, Aug. 7, 1914. Stanley Spooner, Founder and Ed.

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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