The Boston made an emergency landing in the North Atlantic in August, and it sank while being towed through high seas. Another plane was sent to Nova Scotia, where the crew rejoined the flight.
The three crews stopped in several U.S. cities, including Santa Monica, before returning to Seattle on September 28, 1924.
When the around-the-world flight was completed, Smith returned to El Miradero. “He stayed there for a week. I still have the flask he returned to Uncle Les,” Watson said.
The Chicago is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. A photo of the plane can be viewed on their website.