First Helicopter Crossing of the Atlantic Ocean
Two Ohioans made the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a helicopter.
In 1953, Harold Moore, a native of Cincinnati, and Harry C. Jeffers, who was from Newark, left Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts in two Sikorsky H-19 helicopters, which were named Hopalong and Whirl-o-Way. The pair successfully flew across the Atlantic Ocean, landing in Prestwick Scotland. The flight covered 3,535 miles and took forty-two hours, twenty-five minutes to complete.
Moore and Jeffers illustrate the important role that Ohioans have played in aviation. With such important names as the Wright Brothers, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, and numerous others, Ohioans have been at the forefront of aviation history.
- Crouch, Tom D. The Giant Leap: A Chronology of Ohio Aerospace Events and Personalities, 1815-1969. Columbus: The Ohio Historical Society, 1971.