World Flight Returns to Santa Monica
by Lt. L. P. Arnold, "Chicago", Mechanic
*We were up late this morning and enjoyed it. We departed Rockwell Field at 1:00 with an escort of 18 planes. The flight to Los Angeles only took 90 minutes. The crowd at Santa Monica was incredible -- quite a sight from the air. Clover Field was covered with roses and after we landed we were mobbed by the huge crowd.
A short reception was held at a grandstand built on the field. We were presented with a pot of gold to symbolize our arrival at the 'end of the rainbow.' We're staying at the Christie Hotel -- the same Hotel we stayed at at the beginning of the flight. The evening was spent at a reception, banquet and dance at the Santa Monica Ballroom.
[* - 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
This afternoon the flight left Dan Diego for Los Angeles at 1 o'clock, escorted by a large number of planes from the Naval Station, Rockwell Field and Crissy Field. We flew over the City of Los Angeles, landing at Clover Field, Santa Monica at 2:25 where we were greeted by far the largest crowd that ever witnessed a landing by the flight. It was estimated that 200,000 people were present. The police and guards were unable to control the crowds it was impossible for the flight personnel to refuel their planes today.