FIELD - DALLAS, Texas
Friday September 19: Very
stormy weather this morning delayed the
start from Muskogee until 12:28.
The flight landed in Dallas, Texas, on
Love Field, at 4:13.
This field is now the home of several commercial
aviation companies and is in good condition.
The Army's DWCs approach Dallas
in September 1924 enroute to Seattle at the end of history's first
Of the four DWC aircraft that started westward from Seattle the
previous April, only the Chicago (No.2) and
the New Orleans (No.4) remained: here they are joined by the DWC
Prototype the Boston II (No.3) for
the final portion of the flight. [Farris
Rookstool III Collection.]
Underscoring Dallas's potential as a centrally located aviation hub for
the southern United States, the Douglas World Cruiser landed
at Love field pm September 19, 1924,
on one of the final legs of their round-the-world flight. In this photo
of Hanger Row
parallel to Love Field Drive, one of the DWC aircraft can be seen
between the third and fourth
hangers up from the bottom.
Most of the other aircraft are part of an aerial welcoming fleet, many
"Welcome to Dallas Round the World Flyers" emblazoned on their
AIRPORT - SWEETWATER, Texas
September 20: At 9:35 this morning the flight took off with
intention of making a
nonstop flight to El Paso, Texas, but at
Sweetwater, Texas, the "Boston II" landed with oil trouble.
landed at 12:41. Repairs were completed very promptly.
The Airport is now "Avenger Field". It opened in August 1941
as a United States Army Air Forces training base
of the AAF Flying Training Command. Avenger Field earned the
distinction of being the largest all-female air base
in American history. The Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP
as it was known.
In February 1943 Avenger Field became an all-female installation
except for a few male instructors and other officers.
SERVICE FIELD; FORT BLISS - EL PASO, Texas
September 20: 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
Howze and Major Leo G. Heffernan, Commanding Officer of the Air Service
El Pasoans got their chance to
meet the intrepid pilots on the
evening of September 20, 1924. Escorted by seven aircraft from Fort
three World Cruisers appeared over the city, circled
and landed. Military and city officials,
and a crowd of more than
excited spectators, greeted the exhausted
At one point, the crowd
surged forward to get a loser look, threatening to overwhelm the
protecting the crews.
It was said that El Pasoans
showed more enthusiasm and
turned out in larger numbers than any other city of its size in the
During their short stay,
the aircrews were treated as conquering
heroes. They were honored guests at a banquet at the Hotel Paso Del
presented them with gifts while 5,000 El Pasoans cheered. After some
they got a warm sendoff in
the morning as they took off on the next leg.
On September 28, they returned to Seattle after a 175-day aerial
The mission was hailed as
the greatest feat in aviation up to
that time, and gave the Douglas Company its proud motto “First around
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIRFIELD -
September 21: *We departed El Paso at
10:00 this morning and flew into a sand storm on the way to Tucson,
Flying at between 2500 and 6500 feet, we passed over the Rincon
Mountains accompanied by our usual fleet of escorting planes.
at 1:13 and after eating lunch, worked on the planes getting them ready
for tomorrow's flight to San Diego.
Above, a classic photograph of
one of the Douglas World Cruisers
(DWC), the "New Orleans".
Although this airplane is
not listed in the
Davis-Monthan Airfield Register, the DWC fleet visited Tucson on
(the Register was
first opened at the Airfield about a year later). The
fleet was just a week away from completing its round-the-world
April 6th, which terminated in Seattle, WA. They had logged 27,553
miles in six
months and six days, with an
actual flying time of 371 hours. They had touched
down in 28 countries and had crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
ROCKWELL FIELD -
SAN DIEGO, California
September 22:At 7:18 a.m. this morning the flight got away for
San Diego, following the regular
airways, assisted by a strong tail
landed at 11:25 Pacific Coast time.
The flight was one and
one-half hours ahead of time and comparatively few people were on
field to greet the flight.
that afternoon, the flight was
given their largest reception in the Stadium at San Diego
where 26 escort planes landed alongside the three world cruisers.
35,000 people were present to catch a glimpse of the fliers that night.
The group returned to Rockwell Field to prepare for the flight to Santa
Photos from the books: "The First Flight Around The World" and "Around
the WORLD in 175 days"
Enhanced by: Vern
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