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This Day in History, September 28th, 2022 – “The U.S. Army Air Service First Around the World”

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It was just 98 years ago today, September 28, 1924, when the first ever flight circumnavigated the globe. Comprised of four American made Douglas World Cruisers, these planes, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and the New Orleans, all christened with water from their respective cities, made the flight with crew members Maj. Frederick L. Martin, SSgt. Alva L. Harvey in Seattle, Lt. Lowell H. Smith and 1st Lt. Leslie P. Arnold in Chicago, 1st Lt. Leigh P. Wade and SSgt. Henry H. Ogden in Boston, Lt. Erik H. Nelson, and Lt. John Harding Jr. in New Orleans.

The group started in Sand Point, Washington, and began their flight on April 6, flying to Alaska, and generally staying in the Northern Hemisphere, in a Westerly direction. The planes made several switches, from wheels to floats, and made several adjustments for better fuel milage whenever they could manage it. Though no one died on the trip, both the Seattle and the Boston never made the full journey, but it was the Chicago, piloted by Lt. Lowell H. Smith, with the New Orleans as the wingman that finally, on this date, reached Seattle, Washington, after travelling over 26, 345 miles in just 175 days, and it all occurred 98 years ago, today.

What was happening yesterday, on September 27th?


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