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Flight distance record

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Flight distance records without refueling. Some records were certified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

Non commercial aircraft

Year Date Distance Pilot Aircraft Reference
2006 February 12, 2006 42,469.46 km Steve Fossett Global Flyer Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett finished the longest nonstop flight in aviation history and made a new world flight distance record of 42,467 km on Saturday.[1]
1986 December 23, 1986 40,212.14 km Richard Glenn Rutan and Jeana Yeager Rutan Voyager Fédération Aéronautique Internationale record holder up to 2006.
1927 3,862.43 km Albert Francis Hegenberger and Lester Maitland Fokker F.VII From California to Hawaii, the longest open sea flight up to that date, in the "Bird of Paradise". They received the Mackey Trophy and the Distinguished Flying Cross from President Coolidge for this achievement. [2]
1903 December 17, 1903 279 meters Wilbur Wright Wright Flyer 59 seconds
1903 December 17, 1903 39 meters Orville Wright Wright Flyer 12 seconds

Commercial aircraft

Year Date Distance Pilot Aircraft Reference
2005 November 9, 2005 21,602.22 km Suzanna Darcy-Henneman 777-200LR Hong Kong International Airport to London Heathrow Airport taking 22 hours, 22 minutes [3]
2004 June 28, 2004 16,600 km A340-500 Singapore Airlines has flown into the commercial flight distance record books for the second time this year, with an A340-500 successfully inaugurating the carrier's latest non-stop round-trip commercial air service between Singapore and New York (Newark Airport). The A340-500 departed at 12:25 Singapore local time on June 28 and completed the 16,600 km / 9,000 nautical mile sector to New York in 18 hours 18 minutes. [1]
2004 February 3, 2004 14,093 km A340-500 The airline beat its own previous distance record for non-stop round-trip commercial service, when it introduced the A340-500 on the route between Singapore and Los Angeles on February 3 of this year. On that occasion, the A340-500 completed the 14,093 km / 7,609 nm sector to Los Angeles in 14 hours 42 minutes.[2]

Other types of aircraft

Date Measurement Person Aircraft Reference
January 21, 2003 3,008.8 km Klaus Ohlmann and Gerhard Marzinzik Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-4 The gliding flight consisted of four legs along the eastern side of the Andes mountain range. The flight time of 15h 8m giving an average speed of almost exactly 200 km/h.[4]
March 21, 1999 40,814 km Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones Breitling Orbiter Distance record for a balloon