Friday, November 11, 2005

Flight of Boeing's 777 Breaks Distance Record - New York Times

Flight of Boeing's 777 Breaks Distance Record - New York Times: "In a trip that included two sunrises, a new long-range Boeing 777 flew more than halfway around the world nonstop on Thursday, breaking an aviation distance record set by a B-52 bomber 43 years ago.
The flight, lasting 22 hours and 42 minutes, demonstrated for the first time that a new generation of jetliners would leave no two cities beyond a nonstop flight -- though a handful of flights may need to carry fewer passengers to make the distance.
The plane, the Boeing 777-200LR, departed from Hong Kong at 10:30 p.m. and landed in London at 1:12 p.m., after air traffic controllers at Heathrow Airport kept the airplane briefly in a holding pattern.
The 777-200LR entered the Guinness Book of Records covering 11,664 nautical miles from Hong Kong to London -- or 13,422 statute miles as the earth-bound measure it. A total of eight pilots made the flight, taking turns two at a time across the world."


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