First Solo Helicopter Voyage Around the World

Dick Smith, an Australian pilot completed the first solo worldwide helicopter voyage in a Bell Model 206L named Lone Ranger III departing on August 5, 1982 from the Bell Helicopter Facility in Fort Worth, Texas, USA and returning July 22, 1983 and travelled 35,258 miles. Two Americans, Ross Perot Jr, and Jay Coburn completed another circumnavigation in helicopter The Spirit of Texas departing on September 1, 1982 from Dalla, Texas, USA and returning September 30, 1982 which lasted 29 days, 3 hours, 8 minutes and 13 seconds.

      August 5, 1982
      Dick Smith
      Fort Worth, Texas

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