St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Granada by Air
The winter maneuvers of the United States Fleet in 1924 were held in the vicinity of the island of Culebra, which lies between Porto Rico and St. Thomas. As a break in the ceaseless activities of the maneuvers, a period of two weeks was allowed for recreation of the officers and crews, and the ships of the fleet dispersed to various ports.
The aviators of the Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet, were embarked on the flagship of those squadrons, the U.S.S. Wright, leaving all but one of the planes under a guard in the sheltered harbor at Culebra. The ship then proceeded to St. Lucia. Accompanying the fleet was a new type of long-range flying boat which was to be given tests under conditions to be expected in the naval service, and this plane was flown without stop from Culebra to St. Lucia, a distance of about 400 miles, skirting that picturesque chain of islands which form the outer fringe of the Caribbean Sea.