In 1924 the U.S. Army sent eight young men on a bold attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe by flight. Men from five other countries--Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina--had the same goal. Read more...
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In 1924 the U.S. Army sent eight young men on a bold attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe by flight. Men from five other countries--Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina--had the same goal. The race was on First Flight Around the World documents the exciting journey of four American planes--the Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle--and their crews on a race around the world. The trip held many challenges: extreme weather, tricky navigation, unfamiliar cultures, fragile planes, and few airfields. The
world fliers risked their lives for the sake of national pride. Based in part on the journal of one of the crew members, First Lieutenant Leslie Arnold, along with commentary, newspaper reports, and archival images, First Flight Around the World is a captivating tale about American ingenuity, gumption, and perseverance.
- ISBN-13: 9781419714825
- ISBN-10: 1419714821
- Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: April 2015
- Page Count: 96
- Reading Level: Ages 11-14
- Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.45 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-16
- Reviewer: Staff
The first round-the-world airplane flights are relived in this polished, well-researched account from Grove, a program developer at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Eight U.S. Army pilots and mechanics began their five-month journey in four biplanes (Boston, New Orleans, Chicago and Seattle); two of the original planes and six servicemen finished what was a race among nations to be the first to circumnavigate the Earth via air. While no one died, there were several close calls, including the crash landing that destroyed the Seattle. Travelling mostly westward in 1924, the fliers risked their lives many times over because of dangerous weather, remote and rugged landing sites, and unreliable planes. The chronological organization, sky-blue pages, archival photos, and period maps almost give the sense that readers are viewing an exhibit about this historic feat, which propelled the U.S. to prominence in the air. Accessible narration brings the airmen’s courageous trip into full focus, including their adventures in places like the Aleutian Islands or the pre-WWII Middle East. A solid choice for young aviation history buffs. Ages 10–14. (Apr.)