World Flight Completes Double Hop Landing at Bander Abbas, Persia
by Lt. L. P. Arnold, "Chicago", Mechanic
Up at 5 and the General took me out to the field. At 6:30 we took off for Chahbar where we arrived at 12:30. Everything had gone so nicely that we hastily refueled, left at 2:30 and arrived Bander Abbas at 6:30. The whole trip was over the same kind of country -- absolutely barren of all vegetation excepting date trees & cactus & they were only seen a few times.
Great stretches of sand, sand hills, ancient lava flows, some 5000 foot mountains -- for 10 hours saw nothing else. The most lonesome, barren & desolate place imaginable.
Bander Abbas is a small port -- the entry for the interior of the desert where everything is carried by camels.
by Lt. L. H. Smith, Commanding
At 7:45 this morning, the flight was again under way for Chahbar. The coast was followed the entire distance. It was very rugged and furnished very few places possible for an emergency landing. We arrived at Chahbar at 12:35, immediately refueled and prepared to continue.
At 2:35 in the afternoon,the flight left Chahbar for Bander Abbas, again following the coast line practically the entire distance to Bander Abbas, landing at 6:40. The field here was an irregular one and fairly rolling, but the British Consul who was acting as our advance agent, had completed considerable special work on it before the arrival and it was in fairly good condition. Bandar Abbas at this time was inflicted with a Cholera epidemic and the personnel remained entirely away from the town, stayed in the home of the British Consul who was taking care of American interest.