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Message to President Mustapha Kemal of Turkey on the Nonstop Flight From New York to Istanbul by American Aviators Boardman and Polando.

August 04, 1931

[Released August 4, 1931. Dated August 3, 1931]

I WISH TO express my sincere appreciation of the courtesies which you have shown the American fliers Boardman and Polando following their successful flight from New York to Istanbul.

HERBERT HOOVER

[His Excellency Gazi Mustapha Kemal, President of the Turkish Republic, Yalova, Turkey]

Note: Russell W. Boardman and John Polando set a long distance record by flying a Bellanca monoplane, the Cape Cod, nonstop from New York to Istanbul in 49 hours and 20 minutes. On August 5, 1931, they were honored at ceremonies in Istanbul.

Herbert Hoover, Message to President Mustapha Kemal of Turkey on the Nonstop Flight From New York to Istanbul by American Aviators Boardman and Polando. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/211740

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