Aviation History – August 31, 1927. Princess Löwenstein, a licensed pilot for thirteen years, is at the heart of aeronautical news on this Wednesday, August 31, 1927, the date on which she will take off as a passenger to attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean by way of airs: a first for a woman. Lieutenant-Colonel Minchin and Captain Hamilton piloting the aircraft.
The three traveling companions thus propose to evolve in the sky as far as America, with a monoplane signed Fokker, bearing the name “Saint-Raphaël”, the device being motorized with a Bristol block displaying no less than 500 horsepower.
An enterprise that they will not be able to carry out: while they are flying to Ottawa, they will be reported missing. Departing from Wiltshire, leaving Upavon aerodrome at 7:30 a.m. on August 31, 1927, they again gave signs of life in the evening. But this news from the crew will unfortunately be the last… their raid having probably come to an end.