First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race

First Flight Around the World

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race,

Harry N. Abrams; Ill edition,

2015, 10 x 8.5 inches, 96 pages.

Hardcover: ISBN 1419714821, $16

Tim Grove

In 1924 the U.S. Army sent eight young men on a bold attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe by flight. Men from five other countries—Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina—had the same goal. The race was on!

First Flight Around the World documents the exciting journey of four American planes—the Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle—and their crews on a race around the world. The trip held many challenges: extreme weather, tricky navigation, unfamiliar cultures, fragile planes, and few airfields. The world fliers risked their lives for the sake of national pride.