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Doolittle's Atlantic-to-Pacific Flight

The first transcontinental flight across the United States within a 24-hour period was made by Lt. Jimmy Doolittle on Sept. 4, 1922. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The first transcontinental flight across the United States within a 24-hour period was made by Lt. Jimmy Doolittle on Sept. 4, 1922. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The first transcontinental flight across the United States within a single day (24-hour period) was made by Lt. Jimmy Doolittle on Sept. 4, 1922. Flying a DH-4B, Lt. Doolittle took off from Pablo Beach, Fla., and landed at Rockwell Field near San Diego, Calif., covering a distance of 2,163 miles in 21 hours, 20 minutes flying time. He made one refueling stop at Kelly Field near San Antonio, Texas.

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