A Gentleman's Agreement

For the political and aviation junkies

Newfoundland and the Struggle for Transatlantic Air Supremacy

The late 1920s and early 1930s was a time of great hope for aviation, as aircraft companies raced to build planes that could fly great distances-including across the Atlantic Ocean. No country on either side of the Atlantic wanted to be left behind in the competition for prime landing sites, a situation that placed Newfoundland in the crosshairs for those seeking supremacy in transatlantic flight.

In July 1933, Pan American Airways foreign agent, Alan Winslow, had been in Newfoundland with his colleague, Charles Lindbergh, as the pair continued their mission to secure the vital North Atlantic air routes, essential to continental defense and the development of international civil aviation over the North Atlantic.

A few weeks later, on 12 August 1933, Winslow was discovered on the ground 50 feet below his third-story Ottawa hotel room window. Unconscious, with multiple injuies he would be dead within days. 

Whatever the cause of Winslow's death, the trail of events leading to 12 August 1933 places him as a major player in the struggle over aviation's greatest prize: Newfoundland.

Winslow's story is a tragic footnote in a series of international political events during which Newfoundland became - for a time - the most important country, in terms of strategic value to aviation, in the world.

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