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First Flight Around the World
First Flight Around the World
 
Shown here as the planes begin to arrive at Chignik, Alaska, the first flight around the world was flown by United States Army Air Service pilots in specially-built Douglas World Cruisers, DWCs, between 6 April and 28 September 1924. The world flight officially started from Seattle's then-municipal airport at Sand Point on the shores of Lake Washington.

The magnitude of that flight, in terms of preliminary study, engineering, and world-wide logistic support, crew training, inter service cooperation, diplomatic clearances, and personal skill and determination is almost directly comparable to a moon landing today.

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