During the early 1920s, the challenge of flying around the world was as daunting and exciting as the space race to the Moon in the 1960s. On April 6, 1924, the first successful mission to circumnavigate the globe took off from Seattle. It was a mammoth American military operation that lasted five months with elite crews and four specially designed airplanes (one named Seattle) that created a sensation wherever they went. Boeing Corporate Historian Mike Lombardi kicks off the centennial celebrations with an overview of the historic flight on April 6 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The programs are free with Museum membership and included with general admission.

Lombardi will also look into Seattle’s connections to the mission and even later global adventures. In September the Museum partners with First World Flight Centennial and Friends of Magnuson Park for a four-day celebration of the world flight at both the Museum and at Magnuson Park.