The success of the World Flight by the United States was not without world-wide
competition. Rival round-the-world flight attempts from several countries were
made in 1924. They included..........
ENGLAND: Squadron Leader Archibald Stuart MacLaren, with pilot, Flying
Officer William Noble Plenderleith and flight engineer, Sergeant W.H. Andrews
took off from Calshot, England on March 15, 1924 in their unsuccessful
round-the-world flight attempt.
FRANCE: Captain Pellitier D'Oisy with his mechanic, Sergeant Besin left Paris,
France on April 24, 1924, in a Breguet bi-plane. Their original intention was to
fly to northern Asia, but when D'Oisy made good flying progress, he expanded his
horizons to circumnavigate round-the-world. In trying to land on a golf course
near Shanghai, China on May 20, 1924, he wrecked his plane after having covered
10,580 miles in 26 days.
PORTUGAL: Commander Brito Pais with Captain Sarmento de Beires and mechanic,
Manuel Gouveia left Lisbon, Portugal flying a Breguet XVI bi-plane (named "Patria")
on April 7, 1924 for a projected trip round-the-world. On May 7, 1924 an engine
failure forced them to crash in Boudhana, India. They resumed their flight on May
29th using another plane, a DeHaviland Liberty 9A (named Patria II) and continued
their flight, flying over Macau on June 20, 1924. Before landing they were caught
in some severe winds crash landing in Shum Chum, China near Hong Kong. They
shuttled back to Macau by boat arriving there on June 24, 1924 and were deemed to
be the "Portuguese Eagles." They had flown 11,000 miles and while in Macau
decided to abandon their round-the-world flight goal.
ARGENTINA: Major Pedro Zanni and his mechanic, Felipe Beltrame left Amsterdam,
Holland on July 22, 1924 flying a Fokker C-IV biplane on a flight round-the-world.
On August 19, 1924 Zanni crashed the "City of Buenos Aires" on take-off at Hanoi,
French Indo-China after having flown 7,727 miles in 85H 25M flying time. A
replacement aircraft "Province of Buenos Aires" was transported from Buenos Aires
to them at Haiphong. They then flew on to Kasumigara, Japan arriving there on
September 11, 1924 flying an additional 2,939 miles in 34H 25M flying time. Here
they prepared for their flight via the Kuriles and the Aleutian Islands to North
America. They called off their round-the-world flight attempt after ground-looping
their hydro-plane on take off while becoming aware of the impending winter weather.
ITALY: When the United States World Flight was nearing completion, an Italian
aviator, Lieutenant Antonio Locatelli with his crew of three decided to continue
their round-the-world flight attempt by accompanying the American flyers across the
North Atlantic. Locatelli had left Pisa, Italy on July 25, 1924 flying a German
Dornier Wal powered with two Rolls-Royce British engines. He caught up with the
American World Flight in Reykjavik, Iceland and joined Nelson and Smith in their
transatlantic crossing. Unfortunately he ran out of fuel 120 miles short of
Greenland and had to make a forced sea landing. Locatelli and his flight crew drifted
for three days before being picked up on August 24, 1924 by the USS Richmond.