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Wiley Post circled the globe solo in his Winnie Mae in 7 days and 19 hours in 1933, breaking the record Post and Harold Gatty had set earlier in 1931. Howard Hughes bettered Post’s mark in July 1938 by circling the earth in 3 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes. S. Air Force B-50 went around the world nonstop (it refueled in flight) in just over 94 hours. The first nonstop global flight by jet planes came on January 15-18, 1957, when three AF’ B-52 Stratofortresses made the circuit of the earth in 45 hours and 19 minutes.

Lowe fitted the barge out as a balloon carrier which could be towed or poled along the Potomac or its tributaries. The barge was 122 feet long and covered with a flat deck that provided a large, level area for filling the balloons with hydrogen and for launching them. Beneath the flat deck, the aeronauts stowed all their equipment. This barge saw considerable service in the Peninsular Campaign in 1862. All the captive balloons used by Union forces were part of the effort to get accurate intelligence about the enemy.

As early as 1931 Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh flew a survey flight’ from Canada and Alaska to Japan via Soviet Siberia. S. aircraft to use bases in Siberia, Pan Am looked into developing a mid-Pacific route from Hawaii to Hong Kong via Midway and Wake Islands, Guam and the Philippines. Its surveys showed that there were two major problems in transpacific operations. PanAm would need longer range aircraft and adequate bases en route. Through a combination of good astute diplomacy and management, the availability of capable aircraft, such as the Martin M-130, Sikorsky S-42 and Boeing 314, Pan Am solved the problems of transpacific service.

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