In 1924, Lt. Leigh Wade was one of the U.S. Army Air Service pilots to make the first flight around the world. The flight of Douglas World Cruisers with interchangeable pontoons and wheels circumnavigated the globe in 175 days. Wade eventually retired from the Air Force as a major general.
With the help of Lt. Gen. Brad Hosmer and Maj. Gen. Jack Huston, The Friends acquired the Wade Collection from Col. and Mrs. John Tkacik and from the estate of Cole Morrow.
Leigh Wade later in his career as a Colonel