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Around the World Without Stopping



Around the World Without Stopping
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     challenging words:    dependable, mid-air, schedule, crashed, mechanics, nature, refuel, planes, traveled, goal, northern, certain, faster, necessary, several, fuel
     content words:    Douglas World Cruisers, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Nova Scotia, United States, Wiley Post, United States Air Force, B-50 Superfortress, Lucky Lady II, Carswell Air Force Base


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Around the World Without Stopping
By Jane Runyon
  

1     It has always been the nature of humans to do something better than anyone else. After man learned to walk, he wanted to run. After he found that certain things float in the water, he wanted to sail. After he watched birds soaring in the air, he wanted to fly.
 
2     The Wright brothers experimented with flying machines. Better and faster airplanes soon followed. Once planes were developed to stay in the air for long periods of time, men wanted to fly around the world. By 1924, planes were dependable enough to make long flights. They would have to stop for fuel along the way. That made the trip an adventure to be planned carefully.
 
3     Four Douglas World Cruisers took off from Seattle on April 6, 1924. Each plane carried two crewmen. Their goal was to make a complete circle of the globe. They would stop at planned destinations to refuel and rest. Spare engines, fuel, and mechanics were sent to designated spots over the globe. The planes would land at these designated spots on a schedule.

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