Songs inspired by the early age of flight.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, February 19, 2009
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U.S. Navy officer Richard Byrd and his team circled the North Pole in their Fokker F.VII tri-motor Josephine Ford (named after the daughter of Edsel Ford, the expedition’s co-sponsor, along with John D. Rockefeller), on May 9, 1926 (although his accomplishment was later disputed). The Landauer collection boasts a number of songs celebrating individuals in addition to this 1926 march and two-step honoring Byrd; the 1927 transatlantic solo flight of Charles Lindbergh is immortalized in at least 60 songs. Others are dedicated to such famous fliers as Eckener, Coste, Chamberlin, Levine, Earhart, and Blériot.
"Top of the World" (visit this page or link directly to the MIDI file to hear the song play)