Schilling Flew First Transatlantic Jet Flight from England

Colonel David Carl Schilling, commanding officer of the U.S. 31st Escort Wing made a nonstop transatlantic jet flight in a single-engine F-84E Republic Thunderjet. Schilling flew from Mansion, England, to the U.S. Air Force base at Limestone, ME , a distance of 5,309 kilometres or 10 hours. Schilling made three aerial refuelling contacts with Air Force tanker planes. Lieutenant Colonel William D. Ritchie, later flew an F-84, was forced to bail out over Labrador, Canada.

      September 22, 1950
      Colonel David Carl Schilling
      Commanding Officer
      Limestone, ME,USA

Additional Information:

  • David C. Schilling – Wikipedia
    In 1950, he flew from RAF Manston in the United Kingdom to Maine in the United States, in the first nonstop trans-Atlantic flight by a jet fighter. Using probe-and-drogue flight refuelling, Schilling, flying an F-84E Thunderjet and another F-84E flown by Col.
  • Transatlantic flight – Wikipedia
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    Sep 22, 2012 – … on the first attempt to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK. … Schilling and Ritchie had pioneered the first non-stop flight across …
  • Famous Firsts in Aviation – Infoplease
    First nonstop transatlantic jet flight. Col. David C. Schilling (USAF) flew 3,300 mi from England to Limestone, Maine, in 10 hr., 1 min.

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