World Flight Arrives in San Diego
by Lt. L. P. Arnold, "Chicago", Mechanic
*We arose at 5:30 a.m. and took off at 7:25 making a short detour to fly over the veteran's hospital. We were aided by a good tail wind, resulting in a fast time to San Diego. The first escort plane met us about 100 miles out and by the time we landed at Rockwell Field, there were 26 in all. We arrived early so there was a relatively small crowd on hand for the reception at the field.
Later on, we attended another much larger reception held at the San Diego Stadium. We then went to the usual banquet which was followed by a dance.
Our aircraft were put in the care of the mechanics at Rockwell Field where new motors will be installed in "Chicago" & "New Orleans"
[* - 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 7:18 a.m. this morning the flight got away for San Diego, following the regular airways, assisted by a strong tail wind, and landed at 11:25 Pacific Coast time. The flight was one and one-half hours ahead of time and comparatively few people were on the field to greet the flight. However, that afternoon, the flight was given their largest reception in the Stadium at San Diego where about 35,000 people were present.