Magellans of the Sky

Roberts, Chuck
July 2003
Airman;Jul2003, Vol. 47 Issue 7, p1
The article states that lessons learned from the epic 1924 around-the-world flight are visible in today's Air Force, but the memory of those who made it possible have faded with the years. They were eight officer and enlisted aviators from the Army Air Service who set out in 1924 in the open cockpits of four Douglas World Cruiser biplanes to become the first to fly around the world. Flying around the world was a huge accomplishment but probably more important was learning how to go about encircling the globe. Their award, the Robert J. Collier Trophy, presented annually for the "greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America," disappeared in a storage area until two years ago. Their record flight, which captured the imagination of the world, is now a historical accomplishment unknown to most of today's airmen.


Related Articles

  • Untitled.  // Airman;Jul2003, Vol. 47 Issue 7, p60 

    The article presents a picture of pilots and flight members called "The Magellans of the sky." Pictured at Sand Point, Washington, before beginning the journey are six of the first men who attempted to circumnavigate the globe by air. Some of the U.S. air force personnel pictured are: Staff...

  • Untitled.  // Airman;Jul2003, Vol. 47 Issue 7, p54 

    The article presents a picture of crowd gathered in Paris, France to observe army aviators attempting to circle the globe. Crowds were a common, and sometimes bothersome, occurrence to the team of Army aviators attempting to circle the globe. Spectators came by dugout canoe in the jungles of...

  • Round the world in 175 days or less. Searles, Robert A. // Business & Commercial Aviation;Sep99, Vol. 85 Issue 3, p96 

    Recalls how two Douglas World Cruisers, a two-place United States Army biplane, completed the first round-the-world flight in 1924. Preparations; Details of trip; Subsequent round-the-world trips done.

  • The Back Page.  // Traffic World;5/6/2002, Vol. 266 Issue 18, p47 

    Commemorates the historic 33.5-hour transatlantic flight of the aviator Charles Linberg in the U.S. Promotion of the X PRIZE competition; Implementation of the medical treatment foundation; Management scheme on space travel.

  • Air China Started Nonstop Chengdu-frankfurt Service.  // AirGuide For the Frequent Flyer;6/3/2013, p2 

    The article reports on the launch of nonstop flight of Air China from Chendu, China to Frankfurt in Germany on May 19, 2013.

  • Professional Airmanship. TRUE, SANDY // Wingman;Winter2011, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p25 

    The author talks about professional airmanship among Air Force aviators.

  • Flying Into History. Smalls, F. Romall // Scholastic News -- Edition 5/6;3/28/2005, Vol. 73 Issue 19, p6 

    Features aviator Steve Fossett. Number of hours taken by Fossett in a nonstop flight around the world; Significance of his accomplishment to aircraft design; Factor which allowed Fossett to fly globally without refueling. INSET: GEO Skills: Movement (4th Theme of Geography).

  • AROUND THE WORLD IN 97 DAYS.  // New York Times Upfront;10/1/2007, Vol. 140 Issue 3, p5 

    The article features the 97-day world journey of Barrington Irving, who is considered as the youngest single-engine plane pilot in 2007. Irving is a senior student at the Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, majoring in aeronautical science. He named his airplane Inspiration because...

  • Going Global. Searles, Robert A. // Business & Commercial Aviation;Nov2006, Vol. 99 Issue 5, p67 

    The article focuses on the record around-the-world flights set by aviators. Today, the high reliability of airplanes and engines and the precision and dependability of avionics has made circling the globe almost routine for those who carefully plan their journeys. To date, the Earthrounders...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics