Walter Hinton
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Fargo, North Dakota
It's History and Images

     If you search for "Walter Hinton", using the Google search engine,
(9-18-04), you will find about 664 links! The one which is relevant to this event is the following.
HECTOR FIELD (1927-1953)
     "On May 27, 1931, Fargo's Municipal Airport, Hector Field, was dedicated. Brief showers failed to deter more than 5,000 Fargo residents as they came to see the dedication. The Forum reported that the roads to the airport were "choked" with cars and planes zoomed overhead."
     "A.T. Lynner, President of the city commission, introduced Walter Hinton, principal speaker at the dedication. Hinton, shown above, was a Navy Lieutenant and principal pilot on the first transatlantic flight in 1919. [The U.S. Navy's NC-4 Flying Boat made the first transatlantic flight from May 8-27, 1919. Lieutenant Albert C. Read accompanied Hinton on the historic flight in the two-seat airplane. The NC-4 took off from the Naval Air Station Rockaway on Long Island, New York and after a refueling stop, engine repairs and weather delays, landed in Lisbon, Portugal. Hinton was also the first person to pilot a plane from North America to South America and the first to do aerial exploration of the Amazon on a National Geographic expedition."
     This story, and the accompanying photograph, comes from a page on the Fargo, North Dakota History website. To read the whole story, which includes several pages which describe the history and current status of the airport, illustrated with many photographs. just click on the title above.

Walter Hinton
From a cover commemorating his stop in Emmett, Idaho, on May 12, 1931,
during a Exchange Club Service to Aviation Tour in which he was involved.
Photo and Text Courtesy of Roy Nagl
Ancient Aviators Website

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