Who was the first person to fly around the world?
#17115. Asked by john. (Mar 12 02 2:34 PM)
try 1924 - Lt. H Smith Seattle to Seattle, and Lt. Erik Nelson. 24 April to 28 Sept. Shell Book of Firsts.|
First round-the-world flight. Four Douglas Cruiser biplanes of the U.S.
Army Air Corps took off from Seattle under command of Maj. Frederick
Martin (April 6). 175 days later, two of the planes (Lt. Lowell Smith's and Lt.
Erik Nelson's) landed in Seattle after a circuitous route-one source saying
26,345 mi, another saying 27,553 mi.
First round-the-world solo. Wiley Post took a Lockheed Vega, Winnie
Mae, 15,596 mi around the world in 7 days, 18 hr., 491/2 min. (July 15-22).
First round-the-world nonstop flight. Capt. James Gallagher and USAF
crew of 13 flew a Boeing B-50A Superfortress around the world nonstop
from Ft. Worth, returning to same point: 23,452 mi in 94 hr., 1 min., with four
aerial refuelings en route (Feb. 27-March 2).
First nonstop flight around the world without refueling. From Edwards
AFB, Calif., Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager flew in Voyager around the world
(24,986.727 mi), returning to Edwards in 216 hr., 3 min., 44 sec. (Dec.14-23).
The above of course, are all people in planes. See:
I would have to say the first person to fly around the world without a plane is,
Colonel Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin on his 108 minute Earth orbital flight on
April 12,1961. See:
The first to fly around the world without using a plane or having to leave earth's
atmosphere are Betrand Piccard and Briton Brian Jones at 8:05 GMT, Monday,
March 1, 1999 non-stop in a hot air balloon. See:
I can find no record of anyone flying around the world in a hot air balloon
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