245 00|a History detectives. |p NC-4: first across the Atlantic. |p Howard Hughes crash. |p Civil War balloon.

246 22|a NC-4: first across the Atlantic.

246 22|a Howard Hughes crash.

246 22|a Civil War balloon.

260 __|a Arlington, VA : |b PBS, |c 2007.

490 0_|a History detectives.

500 __|a Copyright permission expires 07/30/08.

500 __|a Title from web site description.

511 0_|a History Detectives: Wes Cowan, Elyse Luray, Gwen Wright, Tukufu Zuberi.

520 __|a NC-4: First Across the Atlantic - Almost 10 years before Charles Lindbergh's famous solo flight across the Atlantic, the NC-4 was the first aircraft to make the transatlantic journey in May 1919. A woman in Saratoga, California, has a small square of canvas-like fabric that she believes comes from the NC-4, one of four U.S. Navy "flying boats" that had originally been commissioned to alert American destroyers to the locations of German U-boat submarines that were wreaking havoc on merchant ships along the U.S. coast during World War I. Due to early mechanical problems, the NC-4 was considered by many aviation insiders to be the least likely candidate to complete the trek across the Atlantic. In Pensacola, Florida, and Hammondsport, New York, HISTORY DETECTIVES host Elyse Luray investigates the little-known story of the NC-4 and its historic voyage.
Howard Hughes Crash - On July 7, 1946, Howard Hughes undertook the first flight of his XF-11 - designed to be the highest, fastest spy plane of its time. But the propeller failed, leaving Hughes without power. He crashed in Beverly Hills, destroying two homes and scarring himself for life. A man in Laramie, Wyoming, owns a 1940s altimeter he received from his father, who claimed it came from the fiery crash. He'd been a Hughes employee for more than 34 years and was there the day of the accident. Based on this altimeter's near-perfect condition, experts are skeptical of its connection to the crash, but footage from Martin Scorcese's The Aviator and a visit to Hughes' "Spruce Goose" at the Evergreen Aviation Museum could challenge this assertion. HISTORY DETECTIVES host Tukufu Zuberi heads to Los Angeles and McMinnville, Oregon, to determine if the altimeter can be traced back to Hughes, an aviation pioneer and Americaís first billionaire.
Professor Lowe's Hot Air Balloon - A collector from Midland, Michigan, may have purchased a fragment of American aviation history. At first glance, it's a simple piece of frayed material in a frame. But on the back of the frame are the words, "A piece of Prof. Lowe's Aeronautical balloon 'Enterprise'... after it was destroyed upon landing ... in 1862." Could this be an artifact from the dawn of American military airpower? HISTORY DETECTIVES host Wes Cowan reveals more about the ambitious and fascinating professor who launched the country's first aeronautic division by inflating his hot air balloon, the Enterprise, on the lawn of President Lincolnís White House. 60 minutes.

521 __|a Middle school to adult.

546 __|a Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

600 10|a Hughes, Howard, |d 1905-1976

600 10|a Lowe, T. S. C. |q (Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt), |d 1832-1913

650 _0|a Flight.

650 _0|a Air pilots |x American |y 1910-1920.

650 _0|a Seaplanes |x American |y 1910-1920.

650 _0|a Balloonists |z United States |v Biography.

650 _0|a Aeronautical engineers |z United States |v Biography.

700 1_|a Cowan, Wes

700 1_|a Luray, Elyse

700 1_|a Wright, Gwendolyn

700 1_|a Zuberi, Tukufu

710 2_|a PBS

710 2_|a Oregon Public Broadcasting

710 2_|a Lion Television Ltd.

856 42|a http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigations/506_nc4.html

856 42|a http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigations/506_howardhughes.html

856 42|a http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigations/303_balloon.html