Douglas World Cruiser

Around the World in 1924





Credits: Some images and text from
http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Aerospace/Douglas_World_Trip/Aero27.htm
and
http://www.boeing.com/history/mdc/dwc.htm




The flight route in an open cockpit 100 MPH airplane











The beginning point was Sand Point Washington. near Seattle. Much of the flight was flown with pontoons and when wheels were required a team was in place at that location to replace the gear and install the wheels.

This thing was a huge airplane. Look at the guy standing on the pontoon.

The service ceiling was only 5000 feet MSL and it's difficult to fly above that altitude.






 



The DWC was a modified version of the DT-2 torpedo bomber the company had built for the Navy.

There were some mishaps but luckily no one was killed.





 











The Douglas World Cruiser was one of the most famous of the early Douglas airplanes. Ordered by the U.S. Army Air Service in 1923, five Douglas World Cruisers were built for the sole purpose of attempting the first circumnavigation of the globe by air.









I takes a lengthy run to get this bad boy off the water.


                                                                 




All flights using current weather from the closest weather reporting stations.





                                                                 






There's a good panel but not sufficient to fly in the clouds.














A 5th airplane, little known and often forgotten - The Texan.

The engines were not reliable and did not last a long time.










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Pontoons
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Sand Point, Naval Air Station, N47* 40.94' W122* 15.85'
park like area spanning the peninsula using heading 320 to simulate the now-gone runway 32
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CYPR - Prince Rupert, British Columbia 
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A29 - Sitka, Alaska
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PAWD - Seward, Alaska                    
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Z78 - Chignik, Alaska                      
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AK23 - Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island, Alaska
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PAAK - Nazan, Atka Island, Alaska         
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ATU - Chicagoff, Attu Island, Alaska - (Casco Cove CGS?)
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N55* 12.81' E165* 55.62' - Nickolski Bay, Komandorski Island  
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N50* 41.75' E156* 9.19' - Paramushiru, Japan                  
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N46*00.00, E150*00.00' - Hitokappu, Kurile Islands, Japan
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RJSA - Minato, Japan
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RJAK - Kasumigaura, Japan
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In harbor north of Nanki-Shirahama (RJBD)
Kushimoto, Japan
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In harbor south of Kagoshima (RJFK)
Kagoshima, Japan
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In river south of Shanghai (ZSSS)
Shanghai, China
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Refuel - Tchinkoen Bay
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RCBS or ZSAM - Amoy, China
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VHHX  -  Probably in channel south of Old Hong Kong Hongkong
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In harbor at Hai Phong (VVCD)  VVCI??? Haiphong, French Indo-China
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VVDN - Tourane, French Indo-China
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VVTS - Saigon
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VTBD - Bangkok, Siam
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VYDW - Refuel at Tavoy, VYDW
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VYYY - Rangoon, Burma
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VYSW - Akyab, Burma
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VGEG - Refuel at Chittagong (Shah Amanat (Rm) Intl (VGEG))
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VEBR - Calcutta, India
However, 8 mi upriver is more properly Barrackpore (VEBR), which might have been their anchorage and air field for transition to landing gear. 

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Install Wheels
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VIAL - Allahabad, India
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VIAM - Ambala, India - Now in modern Pakistan
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OPMT - Multan, India
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OPMR - Karachi, India
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OIZC - Refuel in Chahbar (use Konarak, Iran (OIZC))
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OIKB - Bandar Abbas, Persia
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ORBS - Baghdad, Mesopotamia
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OSAP - Aleppo, Syria
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LTBA - Constantinople, Turkey
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LRBS - Bucharest, Romania
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LYBE - Via Belgrade (LYBE);
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LHBP - refuel at Budapest (Ferihejy, LHBP)
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LOWW - Vienna, Austria
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LFST or LFGC - Refuel at Strasbourg (LFST or LFGC)
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LFPB - Paris, France (Le Bourget)
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EGCL - London, England
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EGNB - Brough, England - Change to pontoons here
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EGPA - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands - In harbor to north

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Install Pontoons
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BIHN - Hornafjord, Iceland - In bay to south
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 BIRK - Reykjavik, Iceland - In harbor
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~BGBW - Fredriksdal, Greenland - SSE of Narsarsuaq at N60* W44*22'
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N 61* 12' W 48* 10' - Ivigut, Greenland
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N 54* 28' W 57* 15' - Icy Tickle, Labrador
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CCM4 - Hawkes Bay, Newfoundland
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CYTN - Pictou, Nova Scotia - WNW of Trenton
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Mere Point, Maine
NE of Two Falls (ME79) and WNW of Webber Jones (ME03)
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KBOS      Land in Charles River
Boston, Massachusetts

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Install Wheels
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New York, New York
GRU -  GRU is a few miles too far east
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Refuel at Aberdeen
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KDCA - Washington D.C. - KDCA is across the river from the old Bolling Field
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KDAY - Dayton, Ohio
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KMDW - Chicago, Illinois
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KOFF - Omaha, Nebraska
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KSTJ - Refuel at St. Joseph, Missouri,  Land at Hatbox
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KHAX - Muskogee, Oklahoma
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KDAL - Dallas, Texas
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KBIF - El Paso, Texas
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KDMA - Tucson, Arizona
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KNZY - San Diego, California - Land in Rockwell Field, now the North Island Naval Air Station
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KSMO - Los Angeles, California - Clover Field, Santa Monica
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SE of the S terminus of the Golden Gate Bridge
land just up from and parallel to the beach, where runway 6/24 once was
San Francisco,California
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KEUG - Eugene, Oregon
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Sand Point, Naval Air Station, N47* 40.94' W122* 15.85'