Douglas World Cruiser Chicago

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    Douglas World Cruiser Chicago

    With the successful crossings of the Atlantic in 1919 by the U.S. Navy's NC-4 and Alcock and Brown in a Vickers Vimy, circumnavigation of the globe by airplane was a natural next challenge. In July 1923, U.S. Army Air Service disclosed that it intended to attempt a global flight the following year. Four specially built aircraft were commissioned from the Douglas Aircraft Company. The World Cruisers, as they were called, were christened the Seattle, the Chicago, the Boston, and the New Orleans. Only the New Orleans and the Chicago completed the arduous 44,085 km (27,553 mi) flight. It took 175 days, with a flying time of 371 hours 11 minutes.

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    Engine: Liberty V-12 (423-hp) Propeller: Martin Bomber propeller No. X-47315 Manufacturer: McCook Field (from Jeremy kinney) Markings: Plane M.B.2-N.B.S.1, Standing RPM 1415, Part No. 047315, A.S. No. 24-62, Insp. No. 03454 (From a/c propeller) Separate single blade not associated with original receipt of aircraft, 62 7/8" (L), 11.5in., 11.25" (W) hub diameter, 7in. (H) Wingspan: 15.4 m (50 ft 6 in) Length: 11.2 m (35 ft 9 in) Height: 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in) Weight: 1,991 kg (4,380 lb) with wheels, 2,355 kg (5,180 lb) with pontoons"

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    Engine: Liberty V-12 (423-hp) Propeller: Martin Bomber propeller No. X-47315 Manufacturer: McCook Field (from Jeremy kinney) Markings: Plane M.B.2-N.B.S.1, Standing RPM 1415, Part No. 047315, A.S. No. 24-62, Insp. No. 03454 (From a/c propeller) Separate single blade not associated with original receipt of aircraft, 62 7/8" (L), 11.5in., 11.25" (W) hub diameter, 7in. (H) Wingspan: 15.4 m (50 ft 6 in) Length: 11.2 m (35 ft 9 in) Height: 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in) Weight: 1,991 kg (4,380 lb) with wheels, 2,355 kg (5,180 lb) with pontoons"

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    Douglas World Cruiser Chicago

    Closeup view of nose and propeller of the Douglas World Cruiser DWC "Chicago."

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    Engine: Liberty V-12 (423-hp) Propeller: Martin Bomber propeller No. X-47315 Manufacturer: McCook Field (from Jeremy kinney) Markings: Plane M.B.2-N.B.S.1, Standing RPM 1415, Part No. 047315, A.S. No. 24-62, Insp. No. 03454 (From a/c propeller) Separate single blade not associated with original receipt of aircraft, 62 7/8" (L), 11.5in., 11.25" (W) hub diameter, 7in. (H) Wingspan: 15.4 m (50 ft 6 in) Length: 11.2 m (35 ft 9 in) Height: 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in) Weight: 1,991 kg (4,380 lb) with wheels, 2,355 kg (5,180 lb) with pontoons"

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    Douglas World Cruiser (DWC) "Chicago"

    The Douglas World Cruiser (DWC) "Chicago" on display in the Pioneers of Flight gallery at the National Mall building.

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    Douglas World Cruiser "Chicago" at Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building

    The Douglas World Cruiser "Chicago," one of two aircraft to successfully complete the first flight around the world in 1924, displayed in the rotunda of the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building in Washington, DC, in the early 1970s.
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    Douglas World Cruisers "Chicago" and "New Orleans" Arrive San Francisco

    View of the Douglas World Cruisers (DWCs) "Chicago" and "New Orleans" arriving at Crissy Field, San Francisco, California, on September 25, 1924.
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    Douglas World Cruiser Chicago

    With the successful crossings of the Atlantic in 1919 by the U.S. Navy's NC-4 and Alcock and Brown in a Vickers Vimy, circumnavigation of the globe by airplane was a natural next challenge. In July 1923, U.S. Army Air Service disclosed that it intended to attempt a global flight the following year. Four specially built aircraft were commissioned from the Douglas Aircraft Company. The World Cruisers, as they were called, were christened the Seattle, the Chicago, the Boston, and the New Orleans. Only the New Orleans and the Chicago completed the arduous 44,085 km (27,553 mi) flight. It took 175 days, with a flying time of 371 hours 11 minutes.

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    Items Found Inside Douglas World Cruiser "Chicago"

    These items were found inside the Museum's Douglas World Cruiser "Chicago" in 2009 by restoration specialists working on the aircraft.
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With the successful crossings of the Atlantic in 1919 by the U.S. Navy's NC-4 and Alcock and Brown in a Vickers Vimy, circumnavigation of the globe by airplane was a natural next challenge. In July 1923, U.S. Army Air Service disclosed that it intended to attempt a global flight the following year. Four specially built aircraft were commissioned from the Douglas Aircraft Company. The World Cruisers, as they were called, were christened the Seattle, the Chicago, the Boston, and the New Orleans.

Only the New Orleans and the Chicago completed the arduous 44,085 km (27,553 mi) flight. It took 175 days, with a flying time of 371 hours 11 minutes. Throughout the journey the crews prevailed against an endless series of forced landings, repairs, bad weather, and other mishaps that continually threatened the success of the flight. A monumental logistical accomplishment, it was an important step toward world-wide air transport.