After joining the United States Army Air Corps in 1927, he met Russell Boardman at a "Wall of Death" motorcycle event in Revere. Deciding that Boardman would make a good co-pilot, the two teamed up and began to pursue a dream of breaking a world record. Record attempt The two men trained at Hyannis Airport in preparation for their trip to Istanbul.
The attempt at the record took place between July 28 and 30, 1931. Polando and Russell Boardman took off from Floyd Bennett Field in the aircraft Cape Cod. Eighteen minutes later, Clyde Edward Pangborn and Hugh Herndon, Jr.Took off from Floyd Bennett in an unsuccessful attempt to circumnavigate the world.  Boardman and Polando then flew over Newfoundland and dropped the New York Times at lighthouses in the province. Along the way, they also flew over Ireland, Paris, and Munich. They also circled the Swiss Alps at night to avoid crashing into them. While it was originally planned for them to fly to Moscow, it was determined that Istanbul would be easier, because it would allow for them to still break the record.
The distance of 5,011.8 miles (8,065.7 km), over a total of forty nine hours and twenty minutes helped to establish a distance record, which was the first known non-stop flight whose distance surpassed either English (5,000 mi) or metric (8,000 km) mark. Following the landing of their aircraft in Istanbul, they were greeted with great fanfare.
World War II During World War II, Polando served in the United States Army Air Forces with the 455th Bombardment Group.  During one flight on October 14, 1944, his plane was hit by flak over Odertal, Germany. Breaking away from the formation and losing altitude, Polando did not want to fly below the formation, for fear of being hit by falling bombs. Furthermore, he found that he was unable to rejoin the group. Forced to make an emergency landing in Soviet-occupied Poland, he landed his plane at an airfield about fifteen miles north of Krakow.
After spending two weeks with the Russians, he was eventually flown to Lvoy, and later a base in Poltava. Eventually the plane was flown to Tehran, Cairo, Benghazi, and eventually returning to San Giovanni Airfield on November 22. Death and legacy Polando died in 1985 as a result of injuries sustained in an aircraft accident.
In 1981, on the 50th anniversary of their record flight, Barnstable Municipal Airport added Boardman-Polando Field to its name to recognize their accomplishment. Thank you for looking at our items! Chestnut Hill Books ships to every country in the world at reasonable rates as suggested by the United States Postal Service. Postcards are mailed between sturdy cardboard. We strive to describe each item completely and accurately.Should you have any question about the condition or representation of your item. Chestnut Hill Books is a family-owned antiques business based out of the SouthCoast, Massachusetts.
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