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The Longest Ever Flight Was Over 64 Days In A Cessna 172Often, when we think of long-endurance flights, our first thoughts jump to military operations. Big planes with highly-trained crew will fly for long periods, using air-to-air refuelling to stay aloft for extended periods. However, many of the longest duration flights have been undertaken as entirely civilian operations. The longest of all happened to be undertaken by that most humble of aircraft, the Cessna 172. From December 1958 to February 1959, Bob Timm and John Cook set out to make… (hackaday.com) More...
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Can you imagine if you attempted to do this in today's FAA world? It would take the local FSDO two years to get approval if that could be had.
Government has reached the size, scope and scale as to be the greatest inhibitor of success, innovation and daring. All empires crumble from within.
Why would you need approval?
because to do it they way they did, they modified the plane with a bottom fuel pump that the a/c did not come with, they had a platform that was outside the a/c on the right side, they were also refueling by pulling supplies up from the ground.... Plane modification alone would require FAA Approval, not to mention lowering a Tether to grab a old to the Fuel line, and adding the extra fuel tank.
My butt gets numb after 3-4 hours of flight in my TR182. 64 days? Yeesh! I do admire these guys but have no interest in trying to break their record!
After 64 days, my butt would be as numb as Joe Biden's brain.
Can we leave the political BS out of this room. This story has nothing to do with President Biden, or President Trump, so comments like these are not needed. Comments like this are just making this news site as cheap, trashy, and unpleasant as a Fox News or CNN comment's page.
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Sounds like your thinking with your butt as well.