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Seattle, WA, 98108
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Howdy!

Welcome to the official site of the Seattle World Cruiser Project. Celebrating the first circumnavigation of the globe by air.


December 20th, 2014

Howdy!

Today was a major milestone for the project, our first flight!           Granted it was a short hop down Boeing Field, but as the saying goes, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  Today’s small step is a very important stride towards our ultimate goal of the giant leap of flying around the world.  

Thank you to The Museum of Flight and everyone that came out and braved the weather to join us. It warmed us to see so many of you cheering us on. We’d also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our wonderful team of supporters and volunteers. You are what makes all this possible. Thank you!

Stay tuned in the coming days as we'll be posting images and videos of the event. 2015 is shaping up to be a very eventful new year so be sure to check back here for the further adventures of the Seattle World Cruiser!

Happy Holidays, 

                  - Bob & Diane

Image courtesy of Alan Sidel

Image courtesy of Alan Sidel


December 15th, 2014

We are delighted to announce that we've received our Special Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA and are now cleared to make out first flight! Please join us for this major milestone event Saturday, December 20th at The Museum of Flight.                                                 We plan to fly at noon. Bob will be giving a presentation inside the museum at 2:00 PM with a reception to follow. 

Bob with our Special Airworthiness Certificate.

Bob with our Special Airworthiness Certificate.


September 28th, 2014 

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Douglas World Cruisers return to Seattle to complete the first flight around the world. An estimated 40,000 spectators were on hand at Sand Point on September 28th 1924 to welcome the fliers back to Seattle. After landing, the pilots and crew of the Douglas World Cruisers were whisked away to the official welcoming reception at the Volunteer Park bandstand. A mayor, governor, Admiral, General and ambassador all spoke. The Chamber of Commerce presented the fliers with rings made of Alaskan gold. They were also later awarded the MacKay Trophy for the “meritorious flight of the year”.  

Of the eight aviators that were part of the flight, two retired as major generals, one a brigadier general, one a vice president for Lockheed Aviation, and three as colonels.  Of the six who circumnavigated, five retired from the military within three years. A generation later, four returned to Army Air Forces leadership roles for the duration of World War II.

Archival footage from the National Archives of their arrival back in Seattle:

 

 


Howdy!  

 If this is your first time visiting our site, the three links below offer a great introduction to our project. 


HISTORY

Learn about the historic first flight around the world that inspired this project. 

SEATTLE II

Discover what the Seattle World Cruiser World Project is all about and take a look at how the aircraft was put together. 

SUPPORT

Find out how you can lend your support and learn about the outstanding people and organizations that are helping us toward our goal.