Between 6 April and 28 September 1924 a flight of specially designed Douglas aircraft operated by the United States Army Air Service completed the first aerial circumnavigation of the globe. Two of the four Douglas World Cruisers completed the 27,000 mile trip in 371 hours, 11 minutes flying time.
This collection of consists of documents concerning the flight and related activities held in National Archives Record Groups 18, 22, 59, and 72. The material consists of correspondence, memos, newspaper articles and logbooks concerning the flight, including descriptions of the Douglas World Cruiser (DWC) aircraft, memos dealing with permission to overfly and photograph foreign countries, and information dealing with the flight route, pilot selection, aircraft selection, equipment to be utilized and weather.
2.18 cubic feet (2 records center boxes)