by Burl Burlingame
flown by Martin Jensen and navigated by Paul Schluter
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I am currently preparing profiles of aircraft that
participated in the 1927 "Dole Derby" from Oakland to Hawaii.
There aren't many drawings of aircraft of the
period, so I am doing my own from photographs! If any 1920s buffs out
there have any suggestions or corrections, please email me at
This is the Breese-Wilde Monoplane named "Aloha",
flown by Martin Jensen and navigated by Paul Schluter. It came in
"second and last place" in the Derby, for which Jensen won $10,000. One
of two Breeses in the race, it was painted yellow with red trim, with a
colorful lei painted around the nose and a Territory of Hawaii Great
Seal on the
cabin side. After the race, windows were added and it was flown for a
time in the islands. It was eventually destroyed in a hangar fire in
Garden City, New Jersey, in 1933.
"Aloha" carried 400 gallons of gasoline, 100 of
which were kept in five-gallon containers in the cabin. They were poured
and discarded by Schluter en route. At one point in the flight, Jensen's
altimeter malfunctioned and he clipped the wavetops in the darkness.
Of eleven planes entered in the race, two made it
to Hawaii, two disappeared, and the rest crashed.
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