1924 Douglas World Cruiser “Seattle”

In 1924 the US Army sent 4 modified torpedo bombers, renamed Douglas World Cruisers, with the hope that at least one of them would complete the journey. They were named for American cities: Seattle, Chicago, Boston and New Orleans. The first airplane to drop out of the trek was the command ship, the Seattle, which crashed near Chignik Lake, Alaska. In the ten days it took the commander, Major Frederick Martin and his mechanic Alva Harvey, to hike out from the crash site, the rest of the expedition went on. The New Orleans and the Chicago successfully completed the trip. (The fully restored Boston hangs in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in downtown Washington DC.)