The 4-square inch swatch of the original fuselage fabric included with this relic print was preserved when the Smithsonian restored the Douglas World Cruiser before installing it in the permanent collection of the National Air and Space Museum where it can be seen today. Also included is a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Deputy-Director of the Smithsonian and 2 pages of colorful historical information on this aviation milestone along with aircraft specs. An extraordinary flight and an opportunity to own a piece of aviation history.
The following description of the Douglas World Cruiser appears on your relic print, just below the original fabric swatch.
The “Chicago” was the flag plane of the first round-the-world flight. In the company of three similar aircraft, it departed from Seattle, Washington, on April 6, 1924, returning September 28, 1924, after covering 26,345 miles in a total flying time of 363 hours and 7 minutes. The “Chicago” is now a part of the collection of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.