|Detail from "The Rectangle" by Frank O. King in Chicago Tribune, January 26, 1919|
Back in 1913, the London Daily Mail offered a reward of £10,000 to the first person or team to complete a transatlantic flight from the U.S. or Canada to the British Isles. The contest was suspended for the duration of the Great War; but with the cessation of hostilities, American and British aviators resumed the contest, capturing the imagination and enthusiasm of cartoonists on both sides of the pond.
|"A Fair Sky and May the Best Bird Win" by Homer Stinson in Dayton Daily News, May, 1919|
"...the hazards of travel in a machine that for weeks must wait at its hangar for fair weather, and then when it sets out travel so fast that it overtakes the last spell of bad weather on its way eastward. ... [I]t is not to be wondered at that the less daring souls, who make out their wills before attempting a passage by forty-thousand ton steamers should not book a passage by Sopwith until the pilot can carry on his machine an automatic storm control."
|"Over the Top" by John Cassel in New York Evening World, May 19, 1919|
|"This Quite Gets Over Me" by Wood in Manchester Chronicle, England, May, 1919|
|"First Sitting of the Big Four to Discuss the Atlantic Flight" by Strum in London Daily Express, May, 1919|
|"Th' Nerve of 'Em" by Bill Sykes in Philadelphia Evening Ledger, May 20, 1919|
|"Mercury!" by John H. Cassel in New York Evening World, May 28, 1919|
Terms of the Daily Mail contest stipulated that the award would be given to "the aviator who shall first cross the Atlantic in an aeroplane in flight from any point in the United States, Canada, or Newfoundland to any point in Great Britain or Ireland, in 72 consecutive hours." Read's total actual flight time from Trespassey to Plymouth was 26 hours, 46 minutes, but spread out over eleven days.
Instead, the prize was won by the British team of Capt. John Alcock and Lt. Col. Arthur Whitten Brown, who completed a non-stop flight from Newfoundland to Ireland in a Vickers Vimy biplane in 16 hours, 27 minutes on June 15-16.
|"The Dawn of a New Era" by Grover Page in Louisville Courier-Journal, May, 1919|