Magellans of the Sky
In 1924, a group of eight Army airmen set out to be the first humans to ever circle the globe by air. On their journey over Arctic mountain passes and vast Indian deserts, they would lose half their planes and set numerous records to become what were dubbed the “Magellans of the Sky.”
Listen as Prologue staff writer Rob Crotty describes their journey in the National Archives’ latest 2-3 minute produced video short from “Inside the Vaults.”
The film series is free to view and distribute. Watch our “Inside the Vaults” series on our YouTube channel.
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Posted by Rob Crotty on August 4, 2010, under - Exploration, - World War I, Rare Videos.
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