Francis & Martin Bomber (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1915

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

Francis & Martin Bomber

[between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 4952-14


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    • 17/Mar/2017 17:20:36

    Aviator Roy N. Francis next to the modified Martin MB-1 Bomber (Martin GMB-TA or "Martin GMT"; Air Service Serial No. A.S. 62949, Martin construction no. c/n 8) that he was to fly in an attempt of a one-stop (at North Platte, Nebraska) flight between New York and San Francisco in the summer of 1919. Unfortunately, on July 24, 1919, five days prior to the planned start of the flight, the aircraft was destroyed (see photo on Page 21 of cited journal below) when the hanger it was in at Hazelhurst Field (later Roosevelt Field), Mineola, was collapsed by a "cyclone, accompanyied by lightning" on that date. See: "U.S. Air Service," September 1919, "Coastal and Transcontinental Flights," Pages 21-22. For the details on the aircraft, see: Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum - Martin Aircraft Specifications (1998)

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    • 18/Mar/2017 20:51:07

    ROY NEWELL FRANCIS 1886-1952 see also Francis, Roy N. and

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    Anne (LOC P&P)

    • 23/Mar/2017 18:04:19

    TVL1970 and Art Siegel: Thanks. We will include some of your details next time we update the description.

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    Pixel Wrangler

    • 03/Apr/2017 07:21:25

    The New York Times in a page one story reported the cyclone that destroyed the Martin Bomber occurred on July 28, 1919, and the single stop transcontinental flight was to start four days later on August 1, 1919. [1] The Times references the July 24, 1919, date as the day "An army bombing plane [Martin Bomber] carrying a crew of five, commanded by Lieut. Col. R.S. Hartz, left the ground here [Washington, DC] at 10 A.M. on the first leg of a flight of nearly 8,000 miles around the rim of the country." [2]