Friday, September 26, 2014

Celebrate Sand Point Naval Station's First Flight Around The World

On Sunday at 12:30 the public is invited to help celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 1st Around the World Flight from Seattle’s Sand Point Airfield, part of a NAS Sand Point Reunion Weekend.  The event takes place at the former Naval Air Station Sand Point, now known as Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE).
The information says:
Ninety years ago, over 50,000 people and a 21-gun salute  greeted the returning bi-planes and United States Army Airmen as they landed at 1:28 pm September 28, 1924.  The pilots’ 175 day flight was followed by millions of people around the world and they were met in many countries by kings and heads of state.
A reenactment of the landing will take place at Sand Point’s North Shore, now Sand Point Naval Air Station Historic District. Public officials will greet the pilot and the audience will be entertained with an interview by a modern day Lowell Thomas about the exploits of the journey. The Sedentary Sousa Band will play and a base tour will follow. 
On Saturday at 2pm, a symposium on the 1st Flight and Sand Point’s place in this military and aviation history will be held at the Museum of Flight (9404 E Marginal Way S).   
Dan Hagedorn, chief curator, CAPT Ron Miller USN (ret) former CO at Sand Point, and CDR Cori Parker USN leader US Navy Centennial Celebration are keynote panelists. Interested public will be invited to share memories and be videotaped as part of our “Sand Point Remembered” oral history project.

For more information, please visit or email
This event was planned by the Friends of Sand Point and is funded in part by grants from 4Culture and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

(photo courtesy of Sand Point site)



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