World Flight Completes Double Hop
Arrives in El Paso, Texas
by Lt. L. P. Arnold, "Chicago", Mechanic
*Left Dallas at 9:30 in clear weather with strong head winds. Had to make an unscheduled stop in Sweetwater, Texas because of engine problems with 'Boston II'. Repairs took until early afternoon and the flight departed at 1:50.
Flew over the barren west Texas landscape, over the mountains, across the Rio Grande river and landed at dusk into a beautiful sunset. We attended a banquet in our honor and were given Mexican shawls called serapes.
[* - Lt. Arnold's journal entries beginning with the Sept. 15th entry are only phrases, but expanded into narrative format for enhanced readability - web ed.]
by Lt. L. H. Smith, Commanding
At 9:35 this morning the flight took off with the intention of making a nonstop flight to El Paso, Texas, but at Sweetwater, Texas, the "Boston II" landed with oil trouble. The flight landed at 12:41. Repairs were completed very promptly.
This afternoon at 1:48, the flight continued to El Paso, Texas, landing on the Air Service Field at Fort Bliss at 7:10. At El Paso excellent arrangements had been made by General Robert L. Howze and Major Leo G. Heffernan, Commanding Officer of the Air Service activities.
Total flying time for the day - 9 hours, 24 minutes.