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Frederick L. Martin collection

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 9, Placement: 10
Identifier: MSA 166

Scope and Contents

The papers contain an article which describes the first flight around the world and Major Frederick Martin's part in it.


  • 1999


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Major Frederick L. Martin graduated from Purdue University in 1908 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Major Frederick Martin was the commander of the first around-the-world flight. The aircraft were U.S. Army Air Service Douglas World Cruisers. They were part of a fleet of five big (for the time) double-wing planes built especially for the historic world mission by the then four-year-old Douglas Aircraft Company. The World Cruiser flight crews were Army Air Service officers and enlisted men chosen and trained for the mission as carefully as the first U.S. astronauts in the 1960s.

The epic journey took just over six months; four of the World Cruisers took off from Clover Field on March 17, 1924, with one aircraft held in reserve. Two aircraft -- but no crew members -- were lost in the globe-circling mission. The reserve aircraft joined the two surviving planes in Nova Scotia and completed the mission with them. The flight covered more than 26,000 miles with 72 stops along a west-to-east route.


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder)

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

Material is housed in an acid-free folder and acid-free box.
Frederick L. Martin collection
Under Review
Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first completed 2010-06-08.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-06-05: Collection description updated to new standards by Mary A. Sego.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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