Replica of Historic 1924 Aircraft, Seattle, Debuts in Free June 29 Ceremony

. June 19, 2013

Douglas World Cruiser celebration and maiden flight of “Seattle II”

SEATTLE – In 1924, four specially built Douglas Aircraft “World Cruisers” – one of them named Seattle – set out to become the first planes to circumnavigate the globe. In 2014, local pilots Bob and Diane Dempster plan to make the same flight in Seattle II, a World Cruiser replica of their own making. The Museum will celebrate the rollout of their newly finished World Cruiser with a free public ceremony, antique car display, live music and Twenties-themed festivities in the Museum and the Museum parking lot. The ceremonies are from 11 a.m. to noon. Exhibits and signings 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests include local and state elected officials and military personnel.

Museum exhibit with artist, author signings
On display in the Museum lobby will be a vintage Rickenbacker coupe and a 10-foot scale model of the Douglas World Cruiser on floats. Renowned artist John Amendola will be signing prints of his painting of the departure of the 1924 world flight. Historians C.V. Glines and Stan Cohen will be autographing their book on the first world flight.

Vintage cars and planes will be on display in the Museum parking lot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Seattle II will be towed from its Boeing Field hangar by a 1924 Ford Model T tow truck, arriving at the Museum at 11 a.m. The arrival will be heralded by the sounds of bagpipes in honor of the aircraft’s designer, Donald Douglas, who was a Scotsman piper.

Invited guests at the ceremony include local and state elected officials, representatives of the FAA, Chamber of Commerce, and King County Airport Boeing Field Administration. Also present will be representatives of the military services involved in the original flight, being the Army Air Service–later to become the Air Force, the Navy, and the Coast Guard. Members of the Boeing and Douglas families may also be in attendance.

The ceremony will include a special blessing from a Duwamish Tribal Representative, Kenneth Workman, a Boeing Flight Test engineer and descendant of Chief Seattle. The airplane will be christened with a bottle of water from Lake Washington in the spirit of the 1924 prohibition era. At noon, the aircraft will be flown down the runway length of Boeing Field, returning to John Phillip Sousa fanfare played by a 40-member band.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $15 for active military, $10 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick’s Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

Pilot and airplane craftsman Bob Dempster poses with the nearly-complete Seattle II Douglas World Cruiser replica. Photo courtesy Diane Dempster.

Pilot and airplane craftsman Bob Dempster poses with the nearly-complete Seattle II Douglas World Cruiser replica. Photo courtesy Diane Dempster.

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