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1st Round-the-World Flight "Chicago" Fabric Swatch, Handsomely Displayed

1st Round-the-World Flight "Chicago" Fabric Swatch, Handsomely Displayed

 

A remnant of original fabric salvaged from the "Chicago," one of two planes that successfully completed the first circumnavigation of the globe in 1924. The 2" x 2.25" scrap of dark brown glazed fabric is mounted at the center of a handsome matted display showing a sepia-colored print at top. The fabric swatch is labeled "Douglas World Cruiser #2 / 'Chicago' / Pilots: Lts. Lowell H. Smith and Leslie P. Arnold / Original Fabric." Scattered light foxing especially to upper right corner, else very good to near fine. Overall matted size 25" x 20".

 

The United States Air Force launched an ambitious program to aerially circumnavigate the globe in April 1924. Its four planes custom-built by the Douglas Aircraft Company were manned by 2-man crews comprised of United States Air Service pilots and mechanics. The single blade-propeller biplanes were constructed of spruce, cotton coverings, steel, and aluminum and weighed approximately 2 to 2.5 tons depending on if fitted with wheels or pontoons.

 

Of the four "World Cruisers," as the planes were called, only the "Chicago," manned by Lieutenants Lowell H. Smith (1892-1945) and Leslie P. Arnold, and the "New Orleans," manned by Lieutenants Erik Nelson and John Harding Jr., completed the entire journey. The 175-day trip segmented into over 370+ flying hours had covered over 27,500 miles with 74 stops.

 

The perfect collectible for any aviation enthusiast!

 

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Item: 65807

Price: $500.00
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