Around the world in 175 day part 35, Brunswick Maine, Boston

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September 5, 1924:  The 4th was windy and rainy to fly, so they were treated noon concert of Bag Pipers and a lobster dinner on the Canadian Destroyer Patriot.  The original plan was to go to St. John Newfoundland to refuel and then proceed to Boston, but Lt Smith disagreed and wanted to fly directly to Boston. They left the harbor of the 11:15 am flying along the coast of Nova Scotia in a rain squall but soon came into good weather.  They passed St. John in good weather but soon ran into fog that got thicker as they flew on.   They tried to climb over and under but no avail, after a few narrow scrapes with trees Smith decided getting to Boston when the city leaders expected was not worth the risk, just before they got to Portland Maine they turned back and headed inland finding a sheltered cove on Casco Bay near Mere Point Maine, they spent the night in cabins offered by local residents.

October 7, 2017:  For the next flight I will be using the Douglas DC-6B.  The DC-6 project started in 1944 as a lengthened and more powerful version of the DC-4 with a pressurized hull. After the war the design was reworked to compete with the Lockheed Constellation, it first flew in 1946 and 704 were built before production ended in 1958.  The DC-6 was regarded by many as the ultimate piston-engine airliner from the standpoint of ruggedness, reliability, economical operation, and handling qualities.  The model I am using is by JustFlight/Aeroplane Heaven and is one of my favorites.  I have previously done RTW flights using this aircraft.

The weather for my flight was good, clear with 7 knot winds and a temperature of 9C/47F.  They flight was uneventful, I flew at 4000 feet and landed at Brunswick Executive Airport (formerly NAS Brunswick, closest airport to Mere Point), the 329 mile flight took 1.6 hours.  

Here are the pics 

Ready to go.

Along the coast of Nova Scotia.


I hope she does not get board back there by herself.

Along the coast of Maine.

Lots of little Islands.

On final into Brunswick.


September 6, 1924:  The flyers had not seen a newspaper since they left Scotland and expected the same passing interest when they arrived as other record setting Air Service flights. They got fuel from commercial gas stations in Brunswick so they would have enough to make it to Boston without having to stop again.  As they were waiting a flight of ten DH-4’s arrived overhead, wagging there wings in greeting, they had been flown north to escort them to Boston and were lead by General Patrick, chief of the Army Air Service.  Smith held up a funnel and gas can to signal the reason for the delay.  After circling for a while they DH-4’s headed to Old Orchard main to wait for them.  They were in the air by noon and after an uneventful flight they arrived over Boston two hours later, there was a great crowd milling around the airport, fireboats spouted water, navy ships fired there guns and every boat was blowing its whistle in salute.  The cruisers landed in the harbor while the escorts landed at the airport.  There planes were lifted by crane onto the navy dock where the pontoons would be swapped for wheels for the last time.  The six men signed the airport entry book and were taken by automobile to the state capitol, escorted by cavalry guard, where they were welcomed by the Governor, Mayor and other military and political officials, all who whom gave short speeches.  As they were lead through the city, there were cheering crowds on every street they passed.  They were finally taken to the Plaza hotel were an entire floor was reserved for them.  That night they dined with General Patrick, the general posted guards so it would be a quiet affair.

October 7, 2017:  To make a grand entrance into Boston I chose the North American F-100D. The North American F-100 Super Sabre was the first USAF fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight.  2294 were built between 1953 and 1959, it served with the USAF until 1972 and the last was retired in 1988.  The Model I am using is by Milviz and it is nice.

It was foggy in Brunswick, 5 knot winds with a temperature of 16C/61F.  Clouds were supposed to go up to 6000 feet so I climb up through it and proceed to Boston.  The cloud thinned as I got closer to city and was able to make an easy landing at Logan Airport.  They 103 mile flight took only 24 minutes.

Here are the pics.

Ready for takeoff.

Climbing through the fog.

Finally above it.

Glamour Shots.


Decending into Boston.

My destination is ahead.


Thanks for reading.

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Wonderful details of a great historical event....would love to have seen DH 4 and world cruisers arrival in Boston!


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Home again, home again, jig-a-jig jig.   Wonderful adventure.  Thanks

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6 hours ago, HLJames said:

Wonderful details of a great historical event....would love to have seen DH 4 and world cruisers arrival in Boston!


Thanks James and Dan,

Would have loved to recreate it more accurately but I have not found a good DH-4 or DWC that is either FSX or P3D compatible.

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A great story and choice of planes again.

On 9.10.2017 at 7:50 AM, joefremont said:

 I have previously done RTW flights using this aircraft.

I also did so several times with the DC-6, and I can confirm that it is a little slow, but very reliable and has a huge range. Just starting the engines is an experience of its own, when they get alive with smoke and noise.

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