The Alaska Flight of 1934

Accession number:
2013.02

Maker:
Thomas Segars

Historical period:
2005

Miltary branch:
,

Dimensions:
H x W: 36 in. / 60 in.

Acquisition date:
ca. 2013

Credit line:
Gift of the United States Air Force

Location:
,

Provenance:

From ca. 2013: The Army and Navy Club, gift of the United States Air Force

Label:

Then Lieutenant Colonel “Hap” Arnold commanded a record-setting roundtrip flight in 1934 from Bolling Field (Anacostia) to Fairbanks and Juneau, Alaska—more than 18,000 miles. The new B-10 all metal monoplanes with closed cockpits, internal bomb bays, and retractable landing gear instantly made existing bombers obsolete. The Alaska Flight demonstrated the feasibility of long-range bomber operations. For this achievement, Arnold received his second Mackay Trophy and a Distinguished Flying Cross.