Welcome to the official site of the Seattle World Cruiser Project. Celebrating the first circumnavigation of the globe by air.
The Mayor of Arlington graciously invited the Seattle II to the Arlington Fly-In this past weekend. We were at the static display around the Red Barn with the Boeing Model 40 and the Gee Bee Super Q.E.D. II.
We're very happy to announce that the Judges voted us the Champion - Early Vintage Award winner. Congratulations to all of the volunteers and supporters of our wonderful project!
With the replacement of the pistons and oil rings completed, we will resume our flight test program next week. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the latest news and photos.
Bob & Diane
Off we go, into the wild blue yonder!
We know it's been awhile since we've posted an update, but we hope today's news will have been worth the wait. A lot has been going on behind the scenes in recent months. We've moved the airplane up to Arlington Airport to start our flight test program. We'll be posting more details about that, as well as our plans for the rest of this year very soon. In the meantime, we're delighted to announce that we made our first flight from Arlington Airport today. There's some video of the flight below. Our friends at Arlington Flight Services have also posted some videos and photos they took of the day's activities on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Arlington-Flight-Services-Inc/178761818901466
Of course be sure to check out our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seattle-World-Cruiser/387108678152266
December 20th, 2014 was a historic 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.” This short flight was a very important step towards our ultimate goal 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!
Video of the event can be viewed below.
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!
- Bob & Diane
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.
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
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:
If this is your first time visiting our site, the three links below offer a great introduction to our project.