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The First Round-the-World Flight

In this Inside the Vaults video short, Prologue staff writer Rob Crotty describes the journey of eight Army airmen as they set out in 1924 to be the first humans to ever circle the globe by air. On their flight over Arctic mountain passes and vast Indian deserts, they would lose half their planes and set numerous records to become the "Magellans of the Sky." Prologue magazine is the award-winning quarterly publication of the National Archives. See past and present articles at Visit the Prologue YouTube playlist at Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at
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