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United States Army Around the World Flight (1924) Collection, 1920-1925


Collection Item Summary:

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.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Flights around the world
  • Aeronautics, Military
  • Aeronautics
  • Endurance flights
  • Aeronautics--Flights
  • Douglas World Cruiser (DWC)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives


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United States Army Air Service


United States Army Air Service

Physical description

2.18 cubic feet (2 records center boxes)


  • 1920
  • 1920-1925


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.


  • Logs (records)
  • Collection descriptions
  • Records
  • Clippings
  • Memoranda
  • Correspondence

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