It is uncertain who first advanced the idea of sending U.S. Army Air Service pilots on a flight around the world. It is known, however, that the thought of such a flight in fixed-wing aircraft first began to form in the minds of a few military pilots as early as 1922. Maj. Gen. Mason M. Patrick, Chief of the Air Service, officially endorsed the proposal in early 1923. The Douglas Aircraft Co. built four specially designed biplanes. On April 6, 1924, they took off from Seattle. Two made it the entire distance..
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