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Tuesday 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.

Wednesday September 24: *We arose this morning early and went to Clover Field to refuel the planes since it was impossible to do yesterday
 because of the large crowd. In the afternoon we had a swim party followed by dinner at the Christie Hotel where we're staying.
We attended a few impromptu receptions also. Since the police and Army guards were unable to control the crowd yesterday and it was
 impossible for the flight personnel to refuel their planes, it was necessary to remain in Santa Monica today for this purpose.

Thursday September 25: *We left Los Angeles at 10:00 and flew over the mountains and through the valleys passing oil wells, deserts & gardens
 of all kinds along the way. Lt. Wade flying "Boston II" was forced down south of San Francisco and after determining he was OK, we flew on to
Crissy Field where a big crowd awaited our arrival. The crowd here, in contrast to the last one, was well behaved. There wasn't an  elaborate
reception or parade planned at the field much to the relief of all. We had lunch at the field then went to the St. Francis hotel for the evening.

Friday September 26: *Everyone slept late this morning since we need to wait for the engine change to be completed on "Boston II."
We didn't have much to do, so today was a day of leisure. In the evening we went to the theater before turning in early.

Saturday September 27: *We were up early this morning preparing for the hop to Eugene, Ore. We left at 9:00 a.m. on an exceptional fine day,
 considering it's supposed to be the rainy season. The mountains of Northern California are beautiful this time of year -- we saw 6 snow
 covered peaks at one time. We flew the same basic route we flew at the beginning of the flight over Shasta.
We landed at Eugene and had a banquet as usual followed by a speech given by the Governor.

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VANCOUVER, Washington

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.


At 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.

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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.

Book “Forgotten First Flight” by Paul Wittreich.

Photos from the books:  "The First Flight Around The World"     and   "Around the WORLD in 175 days"      
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