- 1931-10 -
Photograph of an airplane with a bent propeller lying on the ground. The text “Herndon-Pangborn” is painted on the side of the plane just below the cockpit. The photograph was taken after aviators Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon Jr. completed the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the United States on October 5, 1931. They won a $25,000 prize offered by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Pangborn and Herndon landed their plane, Miss Veedol, on its belly at the airfield in Wenatchee, Washington, without landing gear. They had dumped the landing gear shortly after takeoff to reduce weight.