NEW YORK, May 23, 1927 (UP) -- The flight of Charles A. Lindbergh to Paris presented to newspapers a problem in news coverage never before faced for it was something that never had been done before.
How well the problem was met was shown by the fact that three minutes after Lindbergh landed Saturday night, near Paris, the cable announcing his arrival was in the United Press offices in New York, in less than another minute was in San Francisco and in two minutes had been delivered to points as far away as Buenos Aires, in South America.
To do this, arrangements were started the moment the plans for this year's transatlantic flights were announced. Special correspondents were appointed at remote points in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and in Ireland, England and France. There were 19 such correspondents on the Irish coast, a like number in the Seine Valley of France, practically as many in England. In all more than 100 were engaged.
When Lindbergh started, each correspondent was notified. Previously they had gotten descriptions of his plane for identification purposes.
The Commercial Cable Co., the Radio Corporation of America, the Western Union Telegraph Co. and the Independent Wireless began gathering reports and transmitted them to the New York office of the United Press.
Ships at sea, coastal stations of the navy, the coast guard, the lighthouse service, the international ice patrol and the radio and cable companies took up the watch.
Thru the more than 33 hours Lindbergh was in light the network of wires, cables, radio stations and newspaper correspondents never ceased in its watch.
Then Lindbergh landed. The word was 'flashed" direct from the field to Paris and thence over land wires and cable to the United Press office in New York. There it went on the United Press leased wire system to every corner of the country. It was telephoned to radio stations and announced on the air while bands played and special promotions began.
In theaters United Press bulletins were read to audiences amid wild cheering.
Millions, from waifs in the streets to the President in the White House and Mrs. Evangeline Lindbergh in Detroit, the flyer's mother, thus received their news of the successful flight by United Press.
Newspaper records show it was probably a world record for the rapid communication of news.