Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Round-the-World Flights

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Round-the-World Flights

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Round-the-World Flights, 3rd ed., by Carroll V. Glines. Brassey's (http://www.brasseysinc.com/ index.htm), 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2003, 352 pages, $19.96 (soft-cover) .

On 28 January 1987, Friendship One, a United Boeing 747SP, departed Boeing Field, Seattle, and flew around the world in a record time of 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds. It covered 23,125 miles at an average speed of 625 mph. The comfortable flight included hot meals, bathroom facilities, and in-flight movies. The pilots worked the radios, charted the flight path, and tried to stay in smooth air with the wind at their backs. Navigation never became a problem, and the aircraft had plenty of fuel to reach its destinations. In addition to this record-setting endeavor, Carroll V. Glines's Roundthe-World Flights also tells more dramatic stories of sacrifice, discomfort, and danger-of open cockpits, crashes, bad weather, fuel starvation, innovation, adaptation, and lots of luck and skill.

Glines begins in 1924 with the first round-the-world flight. Two of the four Douglas World Cruisers that began the trip completed their epic journey 175 days later. This third edition of the book adds, among others, stories of several round-the-world firsts: a nonstop balloon flight, nonstop solo balloon flight, and motor-glider flight. …

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