"Chicago" Flies to Shanghai, China
Catches Up With Other Planes
"Chicago" made the 550 mile flight from Kagoshima, Japan to Shanghai, China today. The aircraft, piloted by World Flight Commanding Officer Lt. Lowell Smith, flew alone after trouble with his aircraft forced the other two aircraft to make the trip to Shanghai yesterday.
After routine maintenance is complete tomorrow, the World Fliers will be ready to proceed to Amoy, China, the next scheduled stop. The hop to Amoy will cover 600 miles and will be the longest hop of the Third Division of the World Flight which extends from Shanghai, China to Calcutta, India.
by Lt. L. H. Smith. Commanding
This morning, the "Chicago", after making some minor repairs to one of the pontoons, succeeded in taking off without especial difficulty, landing in Shanghai at 4:15 p.m.
by Lt. E. H. Nelson "New Orleans" Pilot
General inspection, routine work and servicing. Exhaust manifolds were badly burned and cracked during the flight to this station. The right manifold on Plane No. 4 had burned entirely in two, causing ignition wires on the right [cylinder] head to be badly burned, but no serious trouble occurred. It was decided to replace the manifolds by straight stacks. Three complete sets of stacks were made out of boiler tubing in a large machine shop in the city of Shanghai. These stacks proved very satisfactory. One rocker arm roller had seized on Plane No. 4. This was replaced by a rocker arm removed from one of the spare engines at this station. Plane No. 2 was thoroughly checked for alignment of pontoons. It was thought that possibly the pontoons were out of alignment and so caused the difficulty in getting off the water at Kagoshima.