T. Coffyn Water Flying Under New York Bridges
Reported in the New York Herald, 1912
Frank T. Coffyn flying his hydro-aeroplane, took
his craft off from the Battery yesterday
afternoon for a sixteen minute flight that
covered a course toward the Jersey shore, half a
mile up the Hudson River, then back and across
the Navy Yard and over the Brooklyn and Manhattan
bridges at a height of 1,500 feet, then back
beneath each bridge and home to the landing raft.
Thousands of spectators stood at the Battery for
hours to see the new machine. The wind was so
strong that he was almost blown out of his seat.
At the Brooklyn Bridge, he was only fifteen feet
below the roadway and was caught in the warm
blast of a tugs smokestack.
was able to land and take off from the ice floes
because of two hickory runners which protected
the aluminum floats. These were built and
designed by Coffyn and Russell A. Alger, governor
of the Aero Club of America.
Shades of Elinor Smith and her flight under the
four New York Bridges.
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