Dole Air Race of 1927
Four days after Charles Lindbergh’s famous transatlantic flight in May of 1927, James Dole of the Dole Pineapple Company offered a $25,000 first prize for an air race of his own - across the Pacific from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. Frank Phillips, president of Phillips Petroleum Company, sponsored pilot Arthur Goebel Jr., a veteran barnstormer and Hollywood stunt pilot for the contest. Joining seven other aircrafts, Goebel flew the “Woolaroc” named after the Phillips Ranch in Bartlesville. The Woolaroc was one of only two planes that finished the disastrous race, arriving in Honolulu after a flight time of 27 hours, 17 minutes, and 33 seconds. The plane that won this bittersweet victory is now on display at Woolaroc Museum in Bartlesville, alongside one of the world's most unique collections of Western art and artifacts.