World Flight Hops to Ambala, India
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 at 7:25, the flight started for Ambala, again following the airways established by the British, passing Delhi into Ambala which is the principal flying station for the Royal Air Force operations against the Indian frontier and landing at 1:50. The field here is an excellent one, having good hangar facilities and equipment for the operation of aircraft. The "New Orleans" developed a leak in a cylinder jacket and, inasmuch as the British have at Kahore a repair and supply depot where they maintain a stock of Liberty motor parts, they agreed to send a new cylinder to Ambala. This was installed by the crew of the plane and the latter will be ready to go tomorrow morning. Considerable rain with low clouds was encountered during this flight.