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F.K. BARON von KOENIG-WARTHAUSEN

 

The Baron, Alameda, CA, 1929 (Source: Underwood)
The Baron, Alameda, CA, 1929 (Source: Underwood)

 

Frederick K. Baron von Koenig-Warthausen landed and signed the Pitcairn Field Register on May 16, 1930. Based at Roosevelt Field, NY, he flew the German-registered Klemm-Daimler, D-1794.

Barely six months earlier, on November 22, 1929, he had returned to Germany at the end of what was one of the most exhilarating flights of the Golden Age of Aviation in Europe. The Baron's full biography, with many interesting links, is online at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link.

If you follow the link to his biography, you'll discover that he was the first person EVER to fly an airplane around the world. Granted, he used ships to get him across the oceans, but the rest of the distance of his east to west circumnavigation of the globe was covered with a small airplane of the same model he brought to Pitcairn Field.

The challenges of his global flight were captured in a 1930 book he wrote entitled "Wings Around the World." It is an enrolling read, and is available now and then at online booksellers. At his biography link, above, are presented many photographs of him and his airplane during his voyage. The airplane he flew was the Klemm-Daimler D-1433.

I have no record of why he was in the United States flying Klemm aircraft just six months after he completed his round-the-world journey. If anyone does, please let me KNOW.

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