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First Dawn To Dusk Flight Across America

 
 
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By Vincent Cascio, July 7, 2011
1. First Dawn To Dusk Flight Across America Marker
Inscription. Colonel Russell L Maughan of Logan, Utah, made the first daylight flight across the continent on June 23, 1924. Flying solo in a Curtis PW-8 pursuit aircraft, Maughan, then a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Service, left Mitchell Field, New York, at dawn and arrived a Crissy Field, San Francisco, at 9:40 p.m., P.S.T., one minute before official dusk.

Winging his way to destiny, Maughan flew from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean in 21 hours 48 minutes and 30 seconds, averaging approximately 150 miles per hour. His actual in-flight time was 18 hours and 20 minutes.

Having made two previous attempts, which were aborted because of engine failures, Maughan’s successful flight illuminated the imagination of people everywhere. Hailed as a world hero he set both pattern and precedent for generations to follow.

His flight of fancy and faith had become a reality. And in a few short years others have broken the sound barrier, flown to the moon, and orbited the earth in a fantastic sequence of adventures of the human spirit.

But in 1924 the dawn to dusk flight across America was a ‘Maughanumental” achievement.
 
Location. 41° 43.883′ N, 111° 49.883′ W. Marker is in Logan, Utah, in Cache County. Marker is on Center St., on the left when traveling

First Dawn To Dusk Flight Across America Marker image. Click for full size.
By Vincent Cascio, July 7, 2011
2. First Dawn To Dusk Flight Across America Marker
east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 133 E Center St., Logan UT 84321, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Johns Episcopal Church (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cache Valley (about 800 feet away); Pioneer Mills of Cache Valley (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Settlers of Logan (approx. 0.2 miles away); 19 North Main (approx. 0.2 miles away); 5 South Main (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bullen Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); 102 North Main (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Logan.
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
Russell L Maughan House image. Click for full size.
By Vincent Cascio, July 7, 2011
3. Russell L Maughan House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Vincent Cascio of Logan, Utah. This page has been viewed 568 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Vincent Cascio of Logan, Utah. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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