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The history of the Hungarian transatlantic flight

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Hidden : 05/20/2008
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This cache is for commemorating to Gyorgy Endresz who was the pilot of the first Hungarian transatlantic flight. The cache is between Bodomer and Felcsut.

The "Justice for Hungary" was the plane, built from the generosity of the Hungarians living in North America, that had flown over the Atlantic See at 15-16th of July in 1936 breaking a new record, on the board Gyorgy Endresz pilot and Sandor Magyar the navigator.

This event is still not popular, although it has great significance. It was a big dream of flight initiated by Sandor Magyar. It was got up by the American-Hungarian Transatlantic Committee (The Hungarians living in the US) founded in Detroit. They sold postcards one dollar each.
In the February of 1930 viscount Harold Sidney Harmsworth Rothermere offered 10.000 USD to the first Hungarian pilot who flies from New York to Budapest.

One year before the take-off 5.000 USD was collected in the US and Canada and only 45 USD in Hungary. At this time a Hungarian craftsman(Emil Szalay) living in the US offered 25.000 USD, almost the whole of his liquid assets.

The selected aircraft, the two-seater Lockheed Sirius didn't reach Budapest it had to ditch near to Bicske because of weather conditions and mechanical problems. They flew 5770 km from Harbour Grace to Bicske in 25 hours and 20 minutes.

Gyorgy Endresz died in an air crash while he and his navigator tried to land at the Littorio airfield near Rome.

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