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Record Breaker

By CanonMan      
Another from Flying Legends at the weekend. This Percival Mew Gull holds the record for the fastest solo flight from London to Cape Town and back again - 5997.9 miles in a flying time of 39 hours and 36 minutes, piloted by Alex Henshaw in 1939.

Tags: General Transport Aircraft Record Alex Airshow Gull Breaker Mew Percival Henshaw Sports and action

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graceland 16 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2007 8:59PM
Nice image well done


Oh Mod on
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
10 Jul 2007 9:07PM
Terrific image. That was what you call flying !!
Ron
geoffash26 17 2.5k United Kingdom
11 Jul 2007 12:27AM
Nice one Steve
That distance is only one wayWink
Geoff
CanonMan 19 588 4 England
11 Jul 2007 8:49AM
Thanks for the update Geoff - looks like the programme notes are a little out. Looks like the figures quoted above are for one way! Got this from Wikepedia "After reconnaissance of the eastern and western routes in 1938, he set off from Gravesend at 0335 GMT on Sunday 5 February 1939 to fly his Mew Gull to Cape Town and back. He refueled on the way out in Oran in Algeria, crossed the Sahara to land in the Belgian Congo and then Angola, landing in Cape Town after flying 6,377 miles in 40 hours. He spent 28 hours in Cape Town, and retraced his route back to the UK, landing on 9 February after a flight of 39 hours, 36 minutes. He completed the whole 12,754-mile round trip in 4 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes, breaking the record for each leg and setting a solo record for the round trip which still stands."

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