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Episode Info: The early 20th century was a time of aviation firsts, and one of those firsts dropped into Boston for three long, exciting days in 1924. Five months after they started their journey in California, the Army Air Service pilots who made the first flight around the world were expected to touch down on US soil for the first time 96 years ago this week. Please check out the transcript and full show notes at: And support the show on Patreon. The World Fliers “Magellans of the Sky,” Rob Crotty’s overview of the World Flight A 1960s onboarding film for Douglas Aircraft mentions the World Fliers Boston Globe coverage Sept 5: World Fliers expected today Sept 6: World Fliers arrive in Boston Sept 7: Details of the World Fliers’ reception in Boston Sept 8: World Fliers leave for NYC Washington DC Evening Star coverage Jan 13: Planning the World Flight March 17: The World Flight begins Sept 6: World Fliers arrive in Boston Sept 7: Reception of the World Fliers in Boston Other coverage Sept 8, Associated Press: Departure of the World Flight from Boston Mar 8, Colorado Statesman: planning the World Flight Past episodes related to aviation Early balloon ascents in Boston Amelia Earhart in Boston The 1910 Harvard Boston Aero Meet Pictures available from the Smithsonian and Digital Commonwealth Boston Book Club Since the main story this week is about the first people to circumnavigate the globe by air, it seems only appropriate to feature the first solo circumnavigation by sea. On September 2, Stuff You Missed in History released an episode about Captain Joshua Slocum, who was the first person to sail around the world alone. Slocum first went to sea 35 years before his attempted circumnavigation, leaving Nova Scotia at the age of 16. Over the years, he met and married an American woman living in Australia, and the pair sailed together for 13 years, raising seven children at sea, four of whom lived to adulthood. After his first wife died in 1884, Slocum remarried and began calling Boston home, while continuing to sail between the US east coast and Brazil regularly. I had never read about the time in Joshua Slocum’s life before his solo voyage before, and hosts Tracy and Holly do a great job describing this period. You’ll be left wishing that you had met his first wife Ginny, who seemed able to do it all, holding off mutineers at gunpoint with one hand, playing piano with the other, teaching Sunday school with a third hand, and giving birth alone at sea with… well I guess that wasn’t a hand. All that is to say that Joshua Slocum was a master mariner and experienced navigator, so when he announced in 1895 that he planned to sail a small vessel around the world alone, it didn’t sound as crazy as it would if you or I said it. He bought a small sloop near New Bedford that had been used for oyster fishing and spent more than a year overhauling it and fitting it out for long distance s...
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