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France Loses Hope for Atlantic Airmen
France Loses Hope for Atlantic Airmen
The Chronicle-Telegram - Wednesday, May 11, 1927
Published by Scott
24 July 2007
France Loses Hope for Atlantic Airmen



Eighty hours after they left Le Bourget, near Paris, early Sunday morning and headed out over the Atlantic on an attempt to fly without a stop to New York, nothing had been heard today of the fate of Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli, French aviators.
Coast guard and other American ships hunted the New England coast for them; French and English vessels searched far out to sea on the other side of the Atlantic, while across the ocean, liners and freighters, reached by a general broadcast appeal, watched the surface for a trace of the plane.
Jubilation in Paris over Monday's false report of the safe landing of the Nungesser plane, had turned to deep anxiety and resentment. Some of the resentment directed itself against America, fed by far-fetched reports that weather data from this side of the Atlantic that might have aided the fliers had been withheld.
In the circumstances, the United States Ambassador to France, Myron T. Herrick, informed Washington that an attempt by Americans to make the New York-Paris flight while the fate of Nungesser and Coli was still in doubt might be "misunderstood and misinterpreted."
Nevertheless, it was announced from Long Island that Clarence D. Chamberlain and Lloyd Bertaud would not postpone beyond Saturday their projected attempt in the Bellanca monoplane Columbia, unless weather interfered.

The Chronicle-Telegram - Wednesday, May 11, 1927

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