I guess the answer to your question depends on your definition of “giant”, but the first large “flying boats”, as they were called, to cross the Atlantic were three N-C (“Nancies”) airships commissioned by the U.S. Navy. They had a wingspan of 126 feet, which is larger than that of a Boeing 727, and were 69 feet long. The airships departed on May 8, 1919, and the voyage was to have consisted of six different legs, the longest being 1200 nautical miles. All in all, the voyage took 24 hours and was plagued with accidents, disruptions, and equipment breakdowns. Eight years later Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight, and avionic history “took flight”.
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