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9401-9947 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA, 98108
United States

Then & Now

The 1924 Crew

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 The original record flight was not only a technological milestone but also an organizational and logistical triumph, orchestrated by the U.S. Army Air Service. Some 30 spare engines, standby floats and wheeled landing gear—the World Cruisers would use both setups—plus fuel and support personnel were stationed all along the route, with U.S. Navy vessels spaced along the overwater legs. Four World Cruisers started the flight. One, Seattle, crashed in Alaska not long after the start of the epic journey, and Boston ditched in the North Atlantic four months later. (Both crews were rescued.) New Orleans and Chicago survived the entire circumnavigation, joined by the prototype, christened Boston II.

 

 

The Original Seattle World Cruiser

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The Crew of the Seattle II

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Our flight will consist of two aircraft; the "Seattle II" and a support plane.. Bob and Diane will do the bulk of the flying in the "Seattle II" with various guest pilots sitting in for various legs along the way. The support plane will follow the Seattle II with additional crew to help with maintenance as well cameras to film and document the flight. 

Bob and Diane are no strangers to long distance flying. In 1990 they piloted a Piper Super Cub from England to Egypt and on to other far flung points on the globe. In 2000 they set a world record in the aircraft for a flight from Seattle to Oshkosh.

 

 

 

The Seattle II

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The Route 

The original flight landed in 20 countries. Our flight will follow as much as the same route as is safe and practical. See the map below to compare the two flights. hasellus ut dolor vulputate, suscipit augue ultrices, euismod lorem. Nullam quis lectus a tortor vestibulum ultricies a laoreet turpis. Morbi erat quam, tristique quis erat at, dictum semper leo. Aliquam odio lectus, gravida vel pharetra vitae, suscipit sed mauris. Suspendisse eget massa porttitor, auctor augue in, mattis massa. Vestibulum commodo mauris eu purus bibendum, at consectetur sem facilisis. In scelerisque eros quis orci lobortis, sit amet porta neque molestie.

 

An animation of the original flight route from a vintage silent newsreel created by noted cartoonist Bert Green. (National Archives)