CLOVER FIELD - SANTA MONICA, CaliforniaTuesday September 23: *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 the beginning of the flight. The evening was spent at a reception, banquet and dance at the Santa Monica Ballroom.
Sunday September 28: This morning at 9:55, the flight was in the air and headed for Seattle, Wash. The "Boston II" having oil trouble
near Portland, all three planes landed at Vancouver Barracks at 11:13. The trouble was soon remedied and preparations made to continue.
11:45, the flight took off for Seattle, the last official jump of the
flight around the world. This was successfully completed at 1:28.
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A great crowd had assembled to
see the completion of the World Flight and upon landing the personnel
were informed that
Seattle had made plans for an elaborate reception which would last two or three days.
View "HISTORY FROM THE AIR" on Lake Washington.
It was the last leg of the historic flight. At 9:55 a.m. they set out for Seattle. After passing over Salem, Oregon they dropped down to the Vancouver Barracks across the Columbia River from Portland because the "Boston II" had engine problems. Upon fixing the problem, they resumed their flight. They then passed by Mt. Rainier, a shining cone of white.
The planes broke their V-formation to fly abreast over Sand Point Field to land each plane with the same time. the official landing time was 1:28 Pacific time, September 28, 1924.
The plane, the "Chicago" (Smith) and the "New Orleans" (Nelson) had been in the air for actual flying time of 15 days, 3 hours and 7 minutes [363 hrs.] in the five months and 22 days since April 6.
The total journey chalked up 26,465 miles. It was estimated that each cruiser consumed 20 gallons of gas for every hour of flying. That works out to be for the 363 flying hours, 7,260 gallons for “Chicago” or “New Orleans”. The planes used about 30 gallons of oil for every 2,400 miles.
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