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At 1:28 p.m. on September 28, 1924, two planes landing in Seattle made history. The Chicago and New Orleans had flown 26,345 miles in 66 days to become the first airplanes to circumnavigate the globe. Four planes had started the journey on April 6, but the Seattle and Boston had been forced down over Alaska and the Atlantic, respectively.
Read the story of this amazing flight and the intrepid pilots in “Magellans of the Air” (Summer 2010 issue of Prologue). On our YouTube channel, you can listen to author Rob Crotty talk about this feat in a short video or watch original footage of the 1924 flight (54-minutes).… [ Read all ]
Posted by Mary on September 28, 2010, under - Exploration, - World War I, Rare Videos.
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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.
Prologue magazine is the award-winning quarterly publication of the National Archives.
Posted by Rob Crotty on August 4, 2010, under - Exploration, - World War I, Rare Videos.
Tags: 1924, aerial circumnavigation of globe, air force history, army air corps, aviation history, bastille day, early aviation, flight history, lowell thomas, magellans of the sky, NARA, national archives, Pieces of History, pilots
In 1924, a group of Americans were welcomed by thousands of Frenchmen in Paris on Bastille Day. There was no war, but General Pershing requested a meeting with them, as did the President of France, with whom they attended the Olympics as his special guests later on. He also offered these six American lieutenants the Legion of Honor, France’s highest decoration.
But who were these American servicemen? What group of people would draw such attention from President Doumergue, or Blackjack Pershing, or the throngs of Parisians who fought crowds just to catch glimpses of the six? They were six airmen racing to be the first humans to ever circle the globe by air, and their story (“Magellans of the Sky”) is in the newest issue of Prologue magazine, which hits the shelves (and the Internet) next week.… [ Read all ]
Posted by Rob Crotty on July 14, 2010, under - Exploration, - World War I.
Tags: 1924 olympics, aerial flight, bastille day, Circumnavigation of the Globe, douglas world cruiser, first world flight, france, General Pershing, legion of honor, magellans of the sky, NARA, National archives and records administration, Prologue magazine