Pilot sets a new world record for the fastest trip around the world via the North and South Pole – coverage of 25,000 miles in less than 47 hours
- Team led by London pilot Hamish Harding and NASA astronaut Col Terry Virts
- They traveled 24,966 miles in 46 hours, 39 minutes and 38 seconds
- Stopped three times for & # 39; pit stops & # 39; in Chile, Mauritius and Kazakhstan
An international team of pilots led by a British pilot has set a new record for the fastest world voyage around the world.
Pilot Hamish Harding, from St John's Wood, London, and NASA astronaut Colonel Terry Virts traveled 24,966 miles in 46 hours, 39 minutes and 38 seconds.
The pair broke the previous record of 54 hours, seven minutes and 12 seconds in their Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER.
With an average speed of 534.97 km / h, the pair now has the world record for the fastest trip around the world via the North and South Pole.
Mr. Harding, who is chairman of Action Aviation, said that he & # 39; ecstatic & # 39; was after he landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
Pilot Hamish Harding, from St John's Wood, London, and NASA astronaut Colonel Terry Virts traveled 24,966 miles in 46 hours, 39 minutes and 38 seconds. A map shows their route and stop points
He told me Times: & # 39; We pushed the boundaries of aviation and the aircraft handled it smoothly. & # 39;
They had to make three pit stops to refuel, in Kazakhstan, Mauritius and Chile, each of which landed for about 30 minutes.
Colonel Virts, from Baltimore, Maryland, has spent 213 days in his career and has flown more than 3,400 times around the globe.
He told the newspaper: & # 39; They were like Formula One pit stops. They had to be, because that clock ticked on us and we didn't know if anything would come close that could delay us. & # 39;
The couple made the journey on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings of Apollo 11 and the 500 years since the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first walked around the world in 1519.
They called the mission One More Orbit and claim that, despite their tight schedule, they had time to take photos along the way.
Messrs. Harding and Col Virts were accompanied by three other pilots – from Denmark, South Africa and Ukraine – a flight attendant from Poland and a cosmonaut from Russia.
They were also helped by Captain Ian Cameron, also from the UK, who was the director at the mission's control center.
The One More Orbit team is pictured with Mr. Harding third on the left and Colonel Virts fourth on the right
Things became nervous as they flew over the South Pole and the temperature dropped to -83C – three times lower than the jet limit.
They were forced to fly 5,000 feet lower to raise the temperature for fear of a fatal incident.
They sent in advance to the Amundsen-Scott research base where they spoke with the staff they last spoke with during a 2016 expedition with Apollo 11 & Buzz Aldrin.
One More Obit broke other aviation records, which were verified by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
It is described as & # 39; nothing less than historical & # 39; by experts who cheered when they came back to earth.
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