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The Great Air Race of 1924

PBS - American Experience

1 Hour


The first around-the-world air race, sponsored by the Army Air Service to prove that the airplane had a commercial future, was the ultimate test of man and machine. Four pilots took off in single-engine, open-cockpit planes; 175 days later, two remaining pilots would land where they'd begun, in Seattle.

“This is a great yarn, rivaling the fictional exploits of Indiana Jones.” 

– Chicago Sun Times 

“Real and involving, the way television journalism should be. It is wonderful viewing, an exciting way to look at history.” 

– Newark Star Ledger 

“A rousing chronicle, of the first serial circumnavigation of the globe.” 

– TV Guide 

“A slice of America’s past brought vividly to life.” 

– Daily News


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