Just over 100 years ago, a Shamokin native played a vital role in a remarkable yet often overlooked achievement in the history of aviation—the first successful transatlantic flight. In an arduous three-week journey in May 1919, Holden Chester Richardson was one of a crew of naval aviators who pioneered the way across the Atlantic Ocean aboard three U.S. Navy seaplanes from New York to Great Britain.

There is perhaps no chapter of aviation history more misunderstood than that of the first transatlantic flight.

Valentine Mountjoy is the curator of the Greater Shamokin Heritage Museum located in the American Legion building in Shamokin.

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