First non-stop flight around the world

First non-stop flight around the world

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Credit: US ARMY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: First non-stop flight around the world. Lucky Lady II, the Boeing B-50A aircraft that was the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world. The flight took 94 hours, covered a distance of 37,742 kilometres, and was completed on 2 March 1949. The US Air Force bomber, from the 43rd Bomb Group, had a crew of fourteen, and took off from Carswell Air Force Base, Texas, USA. It was refuelled in the air four times. The first non-stop flight around the world without refuelling would not take place until 1986, nearly 20 years later. Photographed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, USA.

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