Aviation Art: The Lighter Side
In wartime, a customized Zippo was part of an airman's identity.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 07, 2011
A 1931 New York to Istanbul non-stop flight is commemorated with this combination cigarette case and lighter. Russell Boardman and John Polando, two car mechanics from Massachusetts, flew their Bellanca, named the Cape Cod, from New York to Istanbul and earned a world record.
To get to Istanbul, the pilots had to carry some 728 gallons of fuel; their first takeoff attempt was abandoned when their tail-wheel-less aircraft proved too unwieldy and they had to ditch most of their fuel over New York City and return to the airport. Boardman and Polando's flight was the 14th successful crossing of the Atlantic; when they landed in Istanbul, they had 15 minutes of fuel remaining. The 5,011.8-mile flight took 49 hours and 8 minutes.