Col. C.B. Cosgrove, Jr.

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OTHER RESOURCES FOR THE FIRST WORLD FLIGHT

Lane, Spencer. 2002. First World Flight: The Odyssey of Billy Mitchell. U.S. Press. 408 pp. ISBN: 0-9710110-0-1.

Shortly after their visit, represented in these images, to the Davis-Monthan Airfield in Tucson, AZ, on September 28, 1924, the Douglas World Cruisers returned to Seattle, WA. They had logged 27,553 miles in six months and six days, with an actual flying time of 371 hours. They had touched down in 28 countries and had crossed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

There are numerous web sources for information on the First World Flight.

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Your copy of the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register with all the pilots' signatures and helpful cross-references to pilots and their aircraft is available here. Or use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author.

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THE CORNELIUS BURTON COSGROVE, JR.

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Image Grouping ID: First World Flight

First World Flight

April 6 - September 28,1924

The First World Flight airplanes visited the Davis-Monthan Airfield about a year before the Register was in place. You will not find in the Register mention of the aircraft you see in this section of the Cosgrove Collection.

I include these images because their pilots and crew, Ogden, Wade, Harvey, Smith, Arnold and Nelson did sign the Register at later dates, flying different aircraft. For most of them, the First World Flight was their 15-minutes of fame that remained with them the rest of their lives.

The 45 images presented in this section of the Cosgrove Collection are from a bound photo album. Most were taken by Mr. Cosgrove, Jr. when the fleet visited Tucson on September 21-22, 1924. The fleet was just a week away from completing its round-the-world mission, which terminated in Seattle, WA (left sidebar).

Note the period photo album with black pulp paper labeled with white ink and a nib pen. Mr. Cosgrove, III disassembled the album for me in order to enable flat, higher quality scans. Unless otherwise noted, the images were scanned at 200dpi. Please note also: other than cropping, sizing and optimizing the images for web display, they are unretouched in any way.

Click on the thumbnails below to view larger images, and additional information where available. To my knowledge, this is the first time these images have been made available to the public. We should all be grateful to C.B. Cosgrove, III (right sidebar) for allowing us to share in the important Golden Age history recorded in his father's original photographs.

Round the World Flight, 1924
Round the World Pilots, 1924 IMAGE ID: RTW-Group Back of Photo, Left IMAGE ID: RTW-data
IMAGE ID: RTW-4 IMAGE ID: RTW-4 IMAGE ID: RTW-3 IMAGE ID: RTW-3
IMAGE ID: RTW-1 IMAGE ID: RTW-1 IMAGE ID: RTW-2 IMAGE ID: RTW-2
IMAGE ID: RTW-5 IMAGE ID: RTW-5 IMAGE ID: RTW-13
IMAGE ID: RTW-11 IMAGE ID: RTW-10
IMAGE ID: RTW-15 IMAGE ID: RTW-8
IMAGE ID: RTW-7 IMAGE ID: RTW-12
IMAGE ID: RTW-14 IMAGE ID: RTW-6
IMAGE ID: RTW-9 IMAGE ID: RTW-16

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UPLOADED: 10/24/06 REVISED: 02/09/08

 
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C.B. Cosgrove, III at 5555 Zuni Rd., SE, Suite 206, Albuquerque, NM 87106

OTHER BOOKS FOR YOU

"Military Aircraft of the Davis Monthan Register, 1925-1936" is available at the link. This book describes and illustrates with black & white photographs the majority of military aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield between 1925 and 1936. The book includes biographies of some of the pilots who flew the aircraft to Tucson as well as extensive listings of all the pilots and airplanes. Use this FORM to order a copy signed by the author. ISBN 978-0-9843074-2-5.

 
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