Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Flight to Manila; April 24- July12 1932
Pilot Fernando Rein Loring standing in front of his self-modified "Loring SE-ll" with which he flew solo more than 15,000 km from Madrid to Manila, Philippines, in the spirit of fostering better relations between the two countries.
The flight was the first private plane to make the trip and was noted as successful though taking longer than he had planned, encouraging him to repeat it a year later in a Comper Swift. The Spanish aviator was the first to fly alone between Hong Kong and Manila, an over-water 650-mile trip on which Glenn Brophy, Canadian flier lost his life in 1931 while mapping mail routes.
Hmmm, a Canadian connection. More on Glen Brophy in another post.