World Flight Begins Division 4
by Lt. L. P. Arnold, "Chicago", Mechanic
We left the hotel at day break & just before 7 took off - being our first take off with wheels in a long time it was so easy and quick we were all surprised.
The flight to Allahabad took 6.5 hours, some of the time it rained but on the whole it was all right. About the only unusual sight was a great house built in the middle of the lake -- probably belonging to some "Rajah."
At Allahabad we were met by some English officers stationed there & a small crowd of locals, and taken to the club for tiffin, later returning to refuel & prepare for tomorrow's flight. It was terrifically hot out in the sun, but that is expected in this country. We were amused when some camels came by & coaxed them over in front of the planes to photograph.
In the evening we had dinner at the club & turned in early.
by Lt. L. H. Smith, Commanding
This morning, all work having been very rapidly completed and with the personnel delighted with the prospects of flying overland again, they took off at 6:50 a.m., following rather close by the airways established by the Royal Air Force to Allahabad. This country was excellent to fly over, being similar to the cultivated area of the United States and was a very pleasant flight from all standpoints. Landing was made at 1:20 on a large field established by the Royal Air Force, suitable for any type of plane. The English officers stationed at a fort, a few miles from the field, met the planes and extended their hospitality and assistance to the personnel. They also furnished a reliable guard for the planes.