WING RIB AND FABRIC FROM THE DOUGLAS WORLD CRUISER NEW ORLEANS
Lot 11
WING RIB AND FABRIC FROM THE DOUGLAS WORLD CRUISER NEW ORLEANS
US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£2,300 - 3,800

The Air and Space Sale

27 Sep 2017, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
WING RIB AND FABRIC FROM THE DOUGLAS WORLD CRUISER NEW ORLEANS
Section of wooden wing rib, roughly triangular in shape, with segment of lacquered wing fabric. The wing rib consisting of three t-section wooden spars connected at two corners, with two diagonal cross-braces in the middle. The fabric coated in yellow dope, stapled to the wood, and inscribed in blue pen "Douglas World Cruiser 'New Orleans' 1924 Round the World Apl to Sept." Overall length 27-3/4 inches (578 mm); fabric section 13-1/8 x 3-7/8 inches (333 x 98 mm).
Provenance: Lt. Edwin Hoffman Pitcher, to his son, Col. Edwin Hoffman Pitcher, Jr., to his grandson, Edwin Hoffman Pitcher III.

ARTIFACTS OF THE FIRST ROUND-THE WORLD FLIGHT. The U.S. Army ordered five of these aircraft, developed from the Douglas DT torpedo bomber that was being supplied to the Navy. The planes were fitted with Liberty L-12 engines, and six fuel tanks carrying 644 gallons of fuel. One of the five planes served as a training aircraft, while the remaining four were readied for the historic expedition, and given the names Seattle, Boston, Chicago and New Orleans. The planes took off from Sand Point, Washington on April 6, 1924. Seattle and Boston crashed and were unable to carry on, but the training aircraft, christened Boston II, was sent to join the other two remaining aircraft in Nova Scotia. The planes finished their historic world tour in Seattle on September 28, 1924. New Orleans became part of the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, who loaned it out to the Air Force Museum in Dayton from 1957 to 2005, and the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica from 2012.
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