Did you know that Pan Am was the first airline in America to fly to another country?
BTW, I met Frank Borman at The Space Center, he was a wonderful guy.
Do you know where?
Scroll down, and I will share with you!
Key West to Havana! It's on a plaque in Key West, near the port!
Yes, it was Eastern Airlines, and Frank was on Gemini 7, and Apollo 8. Saw him at the 25th Anniversary of both Gemini and Apollo Programs at Kennedy Space Center. Wonderful events:
Thats John Denver singing with Alan Shepherd and other members of The Apollo Program on stage. Frank Borman was there but not in this photo.
Excellent Wikipedia article on long-haul flights, both current and discontinued at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-stop_flight . Also, listed as the longest flight from Hong Kong to London: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/10/business/11air.html?_r=0 at almost 23 hours - yikes!
I like getting elevated to being the pharmacist for jerrycoin and any others requiring "Meds"!
Now for the 27 hour flight......no way any commercial aircraft is in the air for that length of time without a fuel stop, not unless they are taking out all the seats and putting in extra fuel cells. But I'll have to defer to the Insider Head of Aviation (kharada46) to have him run some numbers on just how long the beast can remain aloft!
The 27 hour flight does seem to be beyond aircraft capability. Wikipedia shows a 22 hour, 22 minute (yes, got to count the minutes) in 2005 on a 777-200ER from Hong Kong to London. The aircraft was only carrying 27 people.
Even longer flights aparently happened in the 40's by piston engine aircraft.
From Wikipedia: "...from 1943 to 1945 Qantas operated a weekly return flight from Western Australia to Sri Lanka with flight times 28-33 h. This was called The Double Sunrise service. The aircraft used was the Consolidated PBY Catalina.:
28 hours of piston aircraft vibration must have required a lot of medication!
LOL.....just think how much oil a piston aircraft could burn during a 28 hour flight. When I was working as a lineman at FMY between high school and my freshman year of college, Florida Airlines would fly DC-3's from FMY to SRQ, TPA and some other spots in Florida. I'll never forget they had this one crusty ole Captain who would tell us to "fill the oil and check the gas".
lakersfan is right. I don't see how such a flight could be operated by any current commercial jet. Are they going to carry 10 people in a 788 with extra fuel tanks in the cargo holds? Perhaps 27hrs includes a fuel stop or a connecting flight? Perhaps Sydney to Dubai to London? All on A380s? Let's see what happens! From what I understand, this route has long been problematic in terms if profitability.