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The Historic 1924 International Competition To Achieve The First Aerial Circumnavigation Of The World Is Won By A Team Of United States Army Air Service Aviators In An Ordeal Filled With Drama And Danger, A Story Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1991, 58 Minutes.) #TheGreatAirRaceOf1924 #GreatAirRaceOf1924 #FirstAerialCircumnavigation #LowellHSmith #LesliePArnold #ErikHNelson #JohnHardingJr #USArmyAirService #USAAS #Circumnavigation #Aviation #AviationHistory #HistoryOfAviation #HistoryOfFlight #USAAS #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
March 17, 1924: The First Aerial Circumnavigation, also known as The Great Air Race Of 1924, begins when four aircraft - the Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and New Orleans - left Clover Field, Santa Monica, California flown by an eight-man team of the US Army Air Service, the precursor of the US Air Force. The journey took 175 days, covering over 27,553 miles (44,342 km), and was completed on September 28, 1924 when four aviators from theeight-man team landed in Seattle after an arduous and dangerous trip. The team generally traveled east to west, around the northern-Pacific Rim, through to South Asia and Europe and back to the United States. Airmen Lowell H. Smith and Leslie P. Arnold, and Erik H. Nelson and John Harding Jr. made the trip in two single-engined open-cockpit Douglas World Cruisers (DWC) configured as floatplanes for most of the journey. Four more flyers in two additional DWC began the journey but their aircraft crashed or were forced down. All airmen survived.