Full record for moon flight n.

Definition flight to the Moon
OED requirements antedating 1942
Earliest cite Carol Grey (Robert Lowndes), "The Leapers"
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite for "moon-flight" from William Fitzgerald's "The Seven Temporary Moons"
. Fred Galvin found an online article from 1936 magazine in which the phrase was used: we would like to verify this in the printed original (Time, March 2nd 1936, "Rockets")
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from "The Leapers" by Carol Grey (pseudonym of Robert W. Lowndes

OED Entry (under "moon") updated in March 2004, with earliest cite of 1948 (previously 1951)

Last modified 10 December, 2009

Citations for moon flight n.

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1936 Time 2 Mar. (Electronic text) Dr. Goddard, who hates to stir up gaudy talk of moon flights, announces his present objective as reaching 50 miles into the stratosphere ‘to obtain meteorological, astronomical, magnetic and other data of altitudes greatly exceeding those which can be reached by balloon.’
1948 W. Fitzgerald Seven Temporary Moons in Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. 69/1 He was not prepared for space-navigation save as the constructor of this ship. He could not think grandiosely of a moon-flight, or even of a jaunt to Moon, which was sure and entirely practical. The wallowing water-tank he skippered was now no more than four hundred miles from earth.