The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Japan (Wilson)85

Sir: The Department is in receipt of a letter, dated July 5, 1923, from the Acting Secretary of War, stating that the Army Air Service is preparing for a flight of several airplanes around the world to commence early in the spring of 1924. The letter added that it will be necessary to collect data concerning various portions of the route and, consequently, requested that permission be obtained from the Governments whose territories are to be crossed for two officers who have been detailed to make a path-finding expedition to investigate conditions and secure the data necessary for the complete plan of the flight.

A copy of this letter is enclosed,86 for your information, and you are requested to obtain the permission sought by the War Department and report by cable in so far as concerns the territories mentioned in the proposed itinerary which belong to the Government to which you are accredited.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
William Phillips
  1. The same instruction was sent to the Embassies in France, Great Britain, and Italy.
  2. Not printed.