Monday, May 3, 2010

WHITE BIRD

Early on May 8, 1927, twelve canicule afore Charles Lindberg was to accomplish his celebrated flight, two acclaimed WWI French aerial aces took off from Le Bourget aerodrome abreast Paris on an east to west flight beyond the Atlantic to New York. They were one of the aboriginal who auspiciously managed to get off the arena with a fuel-over burdened aeroplane and arise out over the Atlantic.

Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli were already the acknowledgment of France. Nungesser had attack bottomward 44 German planes and barnstormed in Europe and the United States afterwards the war. Coli was additionally an ace, but after acquired acclaim on a continued ambit flight to Africa.

After ascent the L'Oiseau blanc (the White Bird), a Levasseur bi-wing, accessible cockpit aircraft powered by a 450 application Lorraine-Dietrich 12 butt engine, alone its landing accessory and flew out over the English Channel. It was aftermost sighted branch over the ocean from the eastern bank of Ireland.

The White Bird afresh artlessly vanished and was never apparent again. It was not until 1980 back Gunnar Hanson, a freelance writer, researched and appear an commodity on a man by the name of Anson Berry who was active abreast Machias, Maine, in 1927 and who claimed to apprehend an aircraft fly over his abandoned affected backward in the afternoon of May 9th, 1927. Anson, told several accompany and neighbors he had heard the even aerial in the clouded and but could not see it. He additionally declared the agent articulate aberrant and it articulate to him as if the even comatose in the distance.

Gunner dug added and begin a cardinal of added letters and a few sightings alpha in Newfoundland and traveling on a band south able Nova Scotia and into the littoral arena of Maine. He afresh ran assimilate a address by a hunter who said he'd begin an old agent active in the arena ancient in 1950. The armpit was aural a mile of breadth Anson Berry heard the even pass.

Gunner organized a group, including the hunter, a admirer by the name of Ray Beck of Chatham, New York. Coincidentally, Bob Fleming and I were additionally researching the abstruse flight and heard about Gunner. I contacted him, offered to armamentarium some of the chase and flew up to Bangor, Maine.

The country is beautiful, and in the bog areas absurd to penetrate. The aboriginal campaign we able actual little. While affairs were fabricated for a additional attempt, I contacted the able-bodied admired psychic, Ingo Swann, and asked him to booty a able at it.

He accompanied us on the additional try and we came up dry. At the aforementioned time there was a accumulation led by a Rick Gillespie who was additionally analytic for the absent plane. Interestingly he didn't apperceive about our efforts. None of us admired to accompany his alignment because he lived on media hype. And my activity has consistently been not to accomplish a big accord out of an campaign unless you can prove you absolutely apparent your advised target.

Swann after abiding for an agreement with several added psychics. Strange as it seems, alive alone they all put the downed aircraft aural a division of a mile from anniversary other's projections on the southern abruptness of the Round Hills abreast Round Lake.

What can I say. We combed the breadth bottom by bottom on the third attempt. The White Bird isn't there.

The chase goes on, however. No one wants to quit.

My claimed theory, two in fact, is that it did not appear bottomward abreast breadth Anson Berry heard it, but some afar added south. Or, and I like this over any others, the even went bottomward in an bulletproof bog and affairs of it anytime actuality begin are absolutely nil.

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