Seattle Aviator Presents Preview of Upcoming Global Flight in Replica 1924 Aircraft

SEATTLE – eattle aviator Bob Dempster plans to recreate a flight around the world that was the “Moonshot” of 1924. And he is going to do it flying a homemade replica of one of the original planes. On March 3, Dempster will share his amazing story about the first global flight and his plans for the dangerous journey he will begin from Seattle on April 6. The 2 p.m. presentation is free with Museum admission.

On April 6,1924, four U.S. Army Air Service airplanes took off from Seattle’s Sand Point airfield to begin the world’s first round-the-world flight. One of the planes was named Seattle. The daring mission was supported by the Army and Navy, and required their vast resources around the globe. Dempster’s mission in his Seattle II is a shoe string project with his wife Diane, who will also be a copilot on the flight.

The Army’s Seattle was destroyed during a crash in the Alaska wilderness early in the global mission. Dempster has spent the last 18-years building Seattle II and making meticulous, international arrangements for his own global flight.

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Pilot, airplane builder Bob Dempster raises the flags after the successful first flight of his Seattle II Douglas World Cruiser replica in 2014. Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight.