Douglas World Cruiser Chicago

Douglas World Cruiser

First flightNovember 1923

The Douglas World Cruiser (DWC) was developed to meet a requirement from the United States Army Air Service for an aircraft suitable for an attempt at the first flight around the world. The Douglas Aircraft Company responded with a modified variant of their DT torpedo bomber, the DWC. Five aircraft were ordered for the round-the-world flight, one for testing and training and four for the actual expedition. The success of the World Cruiser bolstered the international reputation of the Douglas Aircraft Company. The design of the DWC was later modified to create the O-5 observation aircraft, which was operated by the Army Air Service.

Source: Douglas World Cruiser on Wikipedia

Douglas World Cruiser “Chicago” Walk Around
PhotographerVladimir Yakubov
LocalisationNational Air & Space Museum, Washington DC
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The Douglas World Cruiser was a historic aircraft that achieved the first aerial circumnavigation of the world in 1924. It was developed by the Douglas Aircraft Company as a modified version of their DT torpedo bomber, which had been used by the US Navy. The World Cruiser had a steel fuselage, a larger wing and rudder, and six fuel tanks that increased its range and endurance. It could also switch between wheels and floats, depending on the terrain and weather conditions. The US Army Air Service ordered four World Cruisers for the expedition, named Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and New Orleans. They were piloted by four officers and accompanied by four mechanics.
The flight departed from Seattle on April 6, 1924, and followed a route that crossed 28 countries and four continents. The flight faced many challenges, such as bad weather, mechanical problems, and hostile authorities. One of the World Cruisers, Seattle, crashed in Alaska and another one, Boston, was lost in the Atlantic Ocean. The remaining two World Cruisers, Chicago and New Orleans, completed the journey on September 28, 1924, after flying for 175 days and covering more than 26,000 miles. The Douglas World Cruiser was a remarkable achievement that demonstrated the feasibility and potential of long-distance aviation.

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