Flight distance record

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This list of flight distance records contains only those set without any mid-air refueling.

Non-commercial powered aircraft[edit]

Year Date Distance Pilot Aircraft Notes
2006 February 12, 2006 41,467.46 km Steve Fossett GlobalFlyer Steve Fossett.[1][2]
1986 December 23, 1986 40,212.14 km Richard Glenn Rutan and Jeana Yeager Rutan Voyager Circumnavigation. Fédération Aéronautique Internationale record holder up to 2006 (current class holder).[3]
1962 January 10–11, 1962 20,168.78 km
(12532.3 mi)
Major Clyde P. Evely and crew Boeing B-52H Stratofortress From Kadena AB, Okinawa to Torrejon AB, Spain, via Tokyo, Seattle, Fort Worth, Washington DC and the Azores[4]
1946 September 29 - October 2, 1946 18,083.6 km Cdr. Tom Davies[disambiguation needed] pilot, Cdr. Eugene Rankin (co-pilot) and two crew Lockheed P2V-1 Neptune From Perth, Australia to Columbus, U.S.
1945 November 20, 1945 12,739.6 km USAF; C. S. Irvine + crew of 9 Boeing B-29 Superfortress From Guam to Washington DC, USA
1938 November 5–7, 1938 11,520.4 km
(7,162 miles)
RAF Long Range Development Unit; R. Kellett, H.A.V. Hogan and A. N. Combe (first pilots) + crew of two (also qualified pilots) in each aircraft Vickers Wellesley From Ismailia, Egypt to Darwin, Northern Territory in Australia; three aircraft flew in formation, Hogan landed to refuel at Koepang (500 miles short of Darwin), the other two landed at Darwin, Northern Territory.[5]
1938 May 13–15, 1938 11,651.011 km Yuzoh Fujita + crew (Japan) Koken-ki Three-corner course over Japan. Closed-circuit record.[6]
1937 July 12–14, 1937 10,148.5 km Mikhail Gromov + crew (Russia) Tupolev ANT-25 From Moscow to San Jacinto, California, USA
1933 August 7, 1933 9,104.7 km Maurice Rossi and Paul Codos (France) Blériot 110 F-ALCC From Floyd Bennett Field, New York, USA to Rayack, Syria
1933 February 8, 1933 8,544 km RAF Long Range Development Unit; O. R. Gayford and Gilbert Nicholetts Fairey Long-range Monoplane K1991 From Cranwell, UK, to Walvis Bay, South Africa
1931 July 28–31 8,066 km Russell Boardman and John Polando Bellanca J-300 Special Cape Cod NR761W From Floyd Bennett Field to Istanbul, Turkey[7]
1929 December 15–19, 1929 8,029.44 km Dieudonné Costes and P. Codas Breguet 19 Super Bidon Point d'Interrogation Closed-circuit record.[8][9]
1929 September 27–29, 1929 7,905.140 km Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte Breguet 19 Super Bidon Point d'Interrogation Paris to Qiqihar, China.[10]
1927 June 28–29 3,862.43 km Albert Francis Hegenberger and Lester Maitland Fokker F.VII From California to Hawaii, the longest open sea flight up to that date, in the "Bird of Paradise". They received the Mackey Trophy and the Distinguished Flying Cross from President Calvin Coolidge for this achievement.[11]
1927 May 20–21, 1927 5,809 km Charles Lindbergh Ryan NYP, Spirit of St. Louis New York – Paris[12][13]
1926 October 28–29, 1926 5,396 km Dieudonné Costes and Jean Rignot Breguet 19 GR From Paris–Le Bourget Airport to Djask, Iran[14][15]
1926 August 31–September 1, 1926 5,174 km Léon Challe and René Weiser Breguet 19 GR From Paris–Le Bourget Airport to Bandar Abbas[14][16]
1926 July 14–15, 1926 4715.90 km André Girier and François Dordilly Breguet 19 GR From Paris to Omsk[14][17]
1926 June 26–27, 1926 4313 km Ludovic Arrachart and Paul Arrachart Potez 28 From Paris to Basrah, Iraq[18][19]
1925 August 7–9, 1925 4,400 km Maurice Drouhin and Jules Landry Farman F.62 Goliath Closed circuit Chartres–Étampes–Toussus–Chartres.[20][21]
1925 February 3–4, 1925 3,166.30 km Ludovic Arrachart and Henry Lemaitre Breguet 19 Distance in a straight line record. Étampes–Villa Cisneros.[22][23]
1923 April 16–17, 1923 4,050 km Oakley G. Kelly and John A. Macready Fokker T.2 Closed circuit around Dayton, Ohio[24][25]
1920 June 3–4, 1920 1,915.2 km L Boussoutrot and J Bernard Farman Goliath Closed-circuit record[26]
1914 February 7, 1914 1,699 km Karl Ingold Mercedes Aviatik-Pfeil[27] He flew continuously from 7:35 am until 11:55 pm covering 1,056 miles in 16 hours and 20 minutes.[28]
1903 December 17, 1903 279 m Wilbur Wright Wright Flyer 59 seconds
1903 December 17, 1903 39 m Orville Wright Wright Flyer 12 seconds

Commercial aircraft[edit]

Year Date Distance Pilot Aircraft Reference
2005 November 9, 2005 21,602.22 km Suzanna Darcy-Henneman, Asif Abbas Raza, John Cashman, Mohammed Ilyas Malik Boeing 777-200LR Hong Kong International Airport to London Heathrow Airport the long way round taking 22 hours, 22 minutes[29]
1997 April 2, 1997 20,044 km Boeing 777-200ER Malaysia Airlines delivery flight from Boeing Field, Seattle to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 21 hours and 23 minutes.
2011 December 6, 2011 19,830 km Boeing 787-8 Boeing Field to Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 21 hours and 43 minutes.
1993 June 16 to 18, 1993 19,277 km Airbus A340-200 Airbus A340 demonstration flight from Paris, France to Auckland International Airport, New Zealand.
1989 August 16 to 17, 1989 18,001 km Boeing 747-400 Qantas delivery flight from London Heathrow Airport to Sydney International Airport in 20 hours and 9 seconds.
2013 June 6, 2013 17,312 km Airbus A330-200 Delta Air Lines ferry/delivery flight between Singapore and Atlanta in 18 hours and 34 minutes
2002 December 24, 2002 16,910 km Airbus A330-200 Qantas between Toulouse and Melbourne in 20 hours 4 minutes.[30]
2004 June 28, 2004 16,600 km Airbus A340-500 Singapore Airlines between Singapore and New York (Newark Airport) in 18 hours 18 minutes. Longest regularly scheduled commercial flight.[31]
2004 February 3, 2004 14,093 km Airbus A340-500 Singapore Airlines between Singapore and Los Angeles in 14 hours 42 minutes.[31]
1988 September 17, 1988 14,042 km Boeing 767-200ER Air Mauritius between Halifax and Mauritius in 16 hours and 27 minutes.[31]

Other types of aircraft[edit]

Date Measurement Person Aircraft Reference
January 21, 2003 3,008.8 km Klaus Ohlmann and Karl Rabeder Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-4 The gliding flight consisted of four legs along the eastern side of the Andes mountain range. The flight time of 15h 8m giving an average speed of almost exactly 200 km/h.[32][33]
March 21, 1999 40,814 km Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones Breitling Orbiter Distance record for a balloon

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "FAI Record ID #13081 - Distance, C-Absolute (Absolute Record of classes C, H and M) " Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Retrieved: 10 October 2014.
  2. ^ Fossett link
  3. ^ "FAI Record ID #8391 - Distance over a closed course. Class C-1e" Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Retrieved: 10 October 2014.
  4. ^ Taylor 1966, p. 2.
  5. ^ "Triple triumph" Flight 1938]
  6. ^ Mikesh and Abe 1990, p. 91.
  7. ^ "'Cape Cod's' Success Climaxes 5 Years [of] Bellanca Records". The Sunday Morning Star, Wilmington, DE. 2 August 1931. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "FAI Record ID #9288". Retrieved 8 November 2013. .
  9. ^ "New Closed Circuit Record". Flight. Vol. XXI (No. 1095): p. 1330. 20 December 1929. 
  10. ^ "World's Records In Aviation". Flight, 20 March 1931, p. 247.
  11. ^ Bird of Paradise
  12. ^ "FAI Record ID #14842". Retrieved 8 November 2013. .
  13. ^ "New York–Paris: Lindbergh's Non-Stop Fight Across the Atlantic". Flight. Vol XIX (No. 961): pp. 331–333. 26 May 1927. 
  14. ^ a b c Green, Swanborough and Leyvastre 1978, p. 171.
  15. ^ "FAI Record ID #9306". Retrieved 8 November 2013. .
  16. ^ "FAI Record ID #9307". Retrieved 8 November 2013. .
  17. ^ "FAI Record ID #9299". Retrieved 8 November 2013. .
  18. ^ "FAI Record ID #9304". Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Parmentier, Bruno. "Potez 28/2". aviafrance. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "The New World's Duration Record". Flight. Vol XVII (No. 868): p. 525. 13 August 1925. 
  21. ^ "The World's Duration Record: Some More Details Concerning the Wonderful Farman Performance". Flight. Vol XVII (No. 870): p. 550. 27 August 1925. 
  22. ^ Green, Swanborough and Leyvastre 1978, p. 170.
  23. ^ "FAI Record ID #9305". Retrieved 8 November 2013. .
  24. ^ "Thirty-six Hours in the Air". Flight. Vol XV (No. 748): p. 232. 26 April 1923. 
  25. ^ "Records Homologated". Flight. Vol. XV (No. 757): p. 356. 28 June 1923. 
  26. ^ "The Royal Aero Club of the U.K.: Official Notices to Members: Official World's Records Passed by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, January 6 to October 20, 1920". Flight. Vol. XII (No. 625): p. 1274. 16 December 1920. 
  27. ^ Karl Ingold plane
  28. ^ "German Airmen Sets Record". Popular Mechanics. 1914. 
  29. ^ Commercial distance record
  30. ^ http://www.airbus.com/presscentre/pressreleases/press-release-detail/detail/qantas-flies-airbus-a330-nonstop-from-europe-to-australia/
  31. ^ a b c "Singapore Airlines A340-500 Beats its own Non-Stop Flight Distance Record". 28 June 2004. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  32. ^ FAI link to gliding records
  33. ^ "Schallmauer durchbrochen" (pdf). Skyrevue. Jan 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 

References[edit]

  • Green, William, Gordon Swanborough and Pierre Layvastre. "The Saga of the Ubiquitous Breguet". Air Enthusiast, Seven, July–September 1978. pp. 161–181.
  • Mikesh, Robert C. and Abe, Shorzoe. Japanese Aircraft 1910-1941. London:Putnam, 1990. ISBN 0-85177-840-2.
  • Taylor, John W. R. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1966-67. London:Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1966.