A B-50 Superfortress plane, Lucky Lady 11 made the first round the world non-stop flight from Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, TX, on February 26, 1949, piloted by U.S. Captain James Gallagher. The flight length was 94 hours and 1 minute, carried a 14-person crew, averaged 249 miles per hour (401 kilometres per hour), during the 23,452-mile (37,734 kilometre) length trip. The plane was refuelled four times in the air by B-29 tanker planes and landed on March 2, 1949.
February 26, 1949
Captain James Gallagher
Fort Worth, TX, USA
- Lucky Lady II – Wikipedia
Lucky Lady II. Lucky Lady II is a United States Air Force Boeing B-50 Superfortress that became the first airplane to circle the world nonstop. Its 1949 journey, assisted by in-flight refueling, lasted 94 hours and 1 minute.
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