A crew of pilots and former astronauts broke a world record after flying 25,000 miles around the globe in 46 hours
A nine-person flight crew circumnavigated the globe in just over 46 hours, 39 minutes, and 38 seconds this week, breaking a previously held record by almost six hours.
The crew, known collectively as “One More Orbit,” flew over the North and South poles from Tuesday to Thursday.
The flight was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landings, which saw humans reach the moon for the first time.
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An international flight crew has broken a world record after flying around the world in 46 hours, 39 minutes, and 38 seconds.
The crew, known collectively as “One More Orbit,” flew over the North and South poles from Tuesday to Thursday this week.
The team, which flew in a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER ultra long-range business jet, managed to beat the world record by 5 hours, 51 minutes, and 26 seconds, according to its website.
One More Orbit’s flight broke two previous records. The first, for the quickest overall time to fly around the world was set in 1977 by Capt. Walter Mullikin, while the second, for the fastest average speed, was set by Capt. Aziz Ojjeh in 2008.
The total route spanned about 22,328 nautical miles (25,695 miles/41,351 km), said Captain Hamish Harding, a mission director and one of the pilots.
The average speed was about 535 mph, according to The Associated Press’s calculations.
The pilots attempted the flight to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11’s first moon landing on July 20, 1969, which saw humans go to the moon for the first time.
It started and ended its mission at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida — exactly where the Apollo 11 crew took off almost 50 years ago.
Tuesday’s mission also started at 9:32 EDT — the exact same time as Apollo 11, One More …read more
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