Washington, D. C., May 8 -- Lieut. John H. Towers, head of the Naval Aviation Corps, with Ensign Godfrey de C. Chevalier as a passenger, made a remarkable flight from Washington to Annapolis today over an all-water course. The distance covered was approximately 169 miles and the actual flying time was three hours and five minutes, so that the machine was driven at an average speed of nearly fifty miles an hour. The flight was made in what is known as the flying boat, a product of the Curtiss factory, which was recently added to the equipment at the aviation camp at Annapolis.

The course was from the Washington navy yard, down the Potomac river and up Chesapeake bay to the Naval Academy. The airmen maintained an average altitude of 1,700 feet.
The craft ascended from the navy yard at 7:40 this morning, and it was 10:45 when it alighted on the aviation grounds at the Naval Academy. The flight was the longest continuous one that has been made by a service aviator in this type of craft.
Lieut. Towers said to an AERO AND HYDRO correspondent, after the flight: "We bucked light head winds going down river and had a cross wind coming up the bay, rather puffing in spots. The flight was absolutely without accident, everything worked perfectly. The motor did not miss an explosion. We used our supplementary air all the way and flew with about two-thirds open throttle. Chevalier and I alternated in control. We started with 35 gallons of gasoline and 3 gallons of oil. We used 23.25 gallons of gasoline or 7.536 gallons per hour and used 1.625 gallons of oil, or 0.527 gallons per hour."

Note on LtCdr Godfrey Chevalier

Aircraft Carrier Landing, Oct. 21, 1922.
LtCdr Godfrey Chevalier made the first carrier landing in an Aeromarine 39-B on the USS Langley.
He was killed in a crash two weeks later.
This from the Chronology Section of theAerofiles website
courtesy of K O Ecklund

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