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42 hours, 6 minutes of flying time an an estimated total distance of approximately 4,200 miles. After remining in France for several weeks, the Byrd expedition returned to the United States in late July on the S.S. Leviathon. In 1929 Acosta and Richard DePew were elected members of the Adisory Board of the William E. Arthur Company of New York, airport planners and builders. In January Acosta announced the establishment of the Acosta Aircraft COmpsny, New York, using the former Lereer automobile factory at Trenton, New Jersey, that spring he conducted wind tunnel test of models of his projected plane at New York University, but apperantly nothing caome of this project. Durong this period he remained an aviation cosultant for sveral companies and on occasion did some instructing. In January, 1937, Acosta and G.K. Berry were served with a Federal Grand Jury subpoena, upon their return to the United States from Spain where they had been flying for that Governmant during the civil war. Evidently Acosta renained in the NEw York are, and in 1952 was found on the street after he had collapsed in the advanced stages of falling health. He was removed to a Jewish Consumptive Relief Society Sanatoriumin Denver, Colorado, where he died of cancer on september 1, 1954 at age 59. Following crenation his ashes were interrad in the portal of Folded Wings, Valhalla Memorial Park, Los Angels, Califonis where other aviation notables are buried. Flying Pioneer Bertran B. Acosta was indeed one of the most colorful of early aciators. He started at the very beginning, and by determiation and hard work becaome one of the antion's leading consulting test pilots. He also taught countless persons to fly and served his country well in world war I. His is a record that deserves a high place in American aviation history.
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