Bertaud & Stinson  
Edward A. Stinson & Lloyd W. Bertaud
Library of Congress Archive, 7-23-06

  December 29-30, 1921
Men's landplane endurance record of 26h 19m 35s.
Set at Roosevelt Field, Mineola, Long Island, New York
Edward A. "Eddie" Stinson, Lloyd W. Bertaud
Junkers-Larsen JL-6
185hp BMW IIIa
American and world record. Takeoff at 8:58:15 a.m.,
     landing at 11:17:50 a.m. Forced down by faulty
     lubrication system. Covered 2,200 miles. Carried
     350 (or 360) gallons fuel, 23 (or 28) gallons oil.
Photo & legend from
MARATHON FLYERS by Russell Plehinger

     If you search for "Lloyd Bertaud ", using the Google search engine, (12-25-04), you will find about 27 links.

PILOT STORIES: Bertaud, Lloyd W.
      This page on the Smithsonian National Postal Museum website offers a very nice biography of Bertaud, both before and after his some 1443 hours of flying in the Postal Service. It also offer a link to a photo of Bertaud, which was shared by Nancy Allison Wright. You can access that page by clicking on the title above.

James DeWitt Hill: Scottdale's Aviation Pioneer
by Mary Ann Mogus
From the Westmoreland County Historical Society Journal
     This page, which is found on the Air Mail Pioneers website of Nancy Allison Wright, offers a very complete, definitive story of the life and career of J. D. Hill, and mentions the role of his good friend, Lloyd Bertaud, several times. You can access that page by clicking on the title above.
     If time permits, I heartily recommend that you take advantage of the many other features which Nancy has made available on her website.

J. D. Hill Portraits
     This page offers an especially beautiful photograph of Hill. It also includes a photo of his memorial plaque and a concise biography. You can access the page by clicking on the title above.

Marathon Flyers

by Russell Plehinger
Product Details
Hard Cover: 192 pages; 9x11 inches
List Price: $27.00
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Publisher: Harlo Press, 50 Victor,
Detroit, Michigan, 48203
ISBN: 0818701129
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Russell Plehinger
4550 Duerr Road,
Orchard Park, New York 14127
  Revue from Amazon:
My wife purchased an autographed copy of this book while she was writing her book about her father, a Pioneer Pilot. She found that Russell had included the story of the endurance flight of her dad, Walter E. Lees, which he and Frederick A. Brossy set in 1931 in a Diesel-Powered Bellanca. I first began to use it when I started to build my Early Birds of Aviation website. I have found it to be a very valuable resource in that it lists hundreds of early aviators, details more than 300 endurance flights of the 20's and 30's and includes some 350 priceless photos to illustrate their record-setting exploits. I recommend it to you without hesitation.
Ralph S. Cooper, D.V.M.

  Old Glory  
     The Fokker F.VIIA "Old Glory" that James DeWitt Hill and Lloyd Bertaud used for their attempted transatlantic flight. A note on the back of the photo indicates that it was taken the day before their flight, which occurred on September 6, 1927.
Photo & legend courtesy of Roy Nagl, 12-22-04

  Old Glory  
Here is a photo that you might enjoy, from my grandfather's collection:
Vintage Aircraft Photos
Photographs by Luther C. Leavitt, Jr.
     My grandfather was fifteen years old in 1927, and quite an aviation buff. He lived in Framingham MA, and he apparently spent much of his time at the airfield there. I do not know where the photo of "Old Glory" was taken.
      My grandfather's family spent vacation time in Maine in the summer, so it is possible that the photo was taken at Old Orchard Beach. However, the negative is not an original. So he may not have taken the photo himself.
I think that my grandfather probably did not take the "Old Glory" photo, mainly because he was a better photographer! I do not think that he would have chopped off the tail. But he must have known the photographer, because he was able to make a copy of the negative. I have the original negative for the autogyro and the other photos that my grandfather took.
Take care,
Mark Gendron, 6-23-06

Contributed by Rick Kelly, 12-28-10

Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator,
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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