Moments & Milestones: Ten Most Wanted
- By Stuart Nixon
- Air & Space magazine, September 2002
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8. DISTANCE without landing in a vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft. The current record of 423 miles, set by Germany’s Drury Wood in a Dornier Do 31, has stood since 1969. An obvious candidate: the Harrier.
9. SPEED around the world over the poles in a jet aircraft. The current record of 487 mph was set in 1977 by a five-person crew in a Pan Am Boeing 747SP. They started in San Francisco, crossed the North Pole, flew over Europe and Africa, crossed the South Pole, and returned to California via New Zealand in 54 hours.
10. DISTANCE without landing in a jet aircraft. U.S. Air Force Major Clyde Evely holds the present mark-to-beat—12,532 miles—which he attained in a Boeing B-52H in 1962 by flying from Okinawa to Madrid.