Wolfgang von Gronau
(1893 - 1977)

Wolfgang von Gronau
Wolfgang von Gronau (Scherl/SZ Photo/laif)
 

Wolfgang von Gronau (1893–1977) was a German aviation pioneer. He made the first attempt to fly across the North Atlantic from the island of Sylt in 1929, but it ended in failure. One year later, he completed the feat: after stopping off in Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland, Gronau landed on the Hudson River in New York “just” 47 hours after taking off. He thereby proved that aeroplanes were viable for travelling long distances. Another major achievement was his circumnavigation of the globe in the two-engine seaplane Dornier-Wal, starting and ending in Sylt.