10.07.

1938: Howard Hughes Toured the World in a 91-hour Flight

1938: Howard Hughes Toured the World in a 91-hour Flight
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Story Highlights

  • Historical event:
  • 10 July 1938
  • His Lockheed Super Electra aircraft was one of the most modern aircraft of his time. It had two nine-cylinder engines with about 760 horsepower each. The total distance flown was as much as 23,612 kilometers.

On this day American multimillionaire Howard Hughes started a record-breaking flight around the world. In fact, he managed to make a trip around the world in just 91 hours, i.e. 3 days and 19 hours, beating the previous record by more than four hours.

On this flight, Hughes personally piloted the Lockheed Super Electra aircraft, but he also had a co-pilot, navigator, radio operator, and flight engineer.

The Lockheed Super Electra aircraft was one of the most modern aircraft of his time. It had two nine-cylinder engines with about 760 horsepower each.

Hughes took off on this day from the Floyd Bennett Field airport in New York and flew the route Paris – Moscow – Omsk (Siberia) – Yakutsk – Fairbanks (Alaska) – Minneapolis (USA) – New York. The total distance flown was as much as 23,612 kilometers.

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