First U.S. Transcontinental Flight
In October 1910, William Randolf Hearst offered $50,000 to the first pilot to make a transcontinental flight in less than 30 days. Calbraith Perry Rogers was one of a handful of pilots eager to make the attempt. He departed Long Island on September 17, 1911, and followed rail lines west across the country. After several crashes and aircraft breakdowns, Rogers arrived in Pasadena, California, on November 19 having completed his 4,231-mile journey.He missed winning the Hearst prize by 19 days, but became a national celebrity as newspapers followed the progress of his flight.