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1924 World Flight Chronicle

1924 World Flight Chronicle

The World Flight Crews (Left to Right): Lt. Jack Harding, Lt. Erik Nelson, Lt. Leigh Wade, Maj. Frederick Martin, First Lt. Leslie Arnold, Lt. Lowell Smith, and Lt. Le Clair Schulze. They are wearing black armbands in honor of former U.S. president Woodrow Wilson, who had recently passed away.

In observance of the 95th anniversary of the Douglas World Cruisers we are providing year to date information of the 1924 world flight as it progressed around the globe. The info provided here is based on, and courtesy of the National Museum of the United States Air Force’s 1999 celebration of the 75th anniversary of the World Flight.

Rather than present facts and figures, we've tried to make the story more enjoyable by serializing it into a daily newspaper-style format using the facts within the stories themselves. In many cases, the actual reports written by the world flyer's themselves have been only slightly altered from the original to change them to present tense to match the daily format.

Events reported in the World Flight Chronicle are true and drawn from primary and secondary sources and cited where appropriate. Historical fictionalization of stories is done purely to enhance readability.

Sources: "The First World Flight" by Lowell Thomas, various Air Service reports and the personal collection of Maj. Gen. Leigh Wade

World Flight Chronicle is a fictitious newspaper-style web document designed to add interest to the events surrounding the first round-the-world flight in 1924, any similarity to an actual newspaper or newsletter is purely coincidental.