Around The World In 175 Days…Really

By  | October 7, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

81-8960pIn 1924, four Douglas World Cruisers and eight American crewmen set out from Seattle to attempt the first around-the-world flight. 175 days later three of the aircraft completed the flight. Nine years later, another American did it in only 7 days!

The trip took 175 days, covering over 27,553 miles.

On April 6, 1924, the four DWCs — the Seattle, Boston, Chicago and New Orleans — departed Sand Point for southeast Alaska and points west.  Despitehorrible weather, the eight crewmembers pushed on.  Unfortunately, theSeattle, piloted by the mission 460_Douglas_World_Cruisers_Clover_Field,_CA_April_1924_Chris_Baird_Collectioncommander, Major Frederick. Martin, crashed into a mountain on the Alaska Peninsula.  Surviving 10 days in the wilderness, Martin and Staff Sergeant Alva Harvey were rescued.  Their flight was over’; the three others continued on to Japan.

On September 28th, 1924 they touched down to a jubilant reception at Sand Point. They had come full circle to complete their long journey around the globe and into the history books.

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