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First non-stop flight around the world
2 March 1949

On 2 March 1949, the first non-stop flight around the world was completed by Captain James Gallagher and his 13-man US Airforce crew.

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How long did the flight take?

The flight took 94 hours and 1 minute, covering 37 743 km (23,452 miles) at an average 398 km/h (249 mph).

What was the plane called?

The plane, a B-50 bomber, was called Lucky Lady II.

How many times was the plane refulled and how?

The plane was refuelled four times in air by KB-29 tanker planes of the 43rd Air Refuelling Squadron, over the Azores, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and Hawaii.

Also on this day .......

2 March 1904 : Dr. Seuss is born
Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of such beloved children's books as ‘The Cat in the Hat’ (1957) and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ (1960), was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Activities
‘The Cat in the Hat’ - Write and illustrate a rhyming story about an animal.
‘Green Eggs and Ham’ - Create a menu of unusual foods for Dr. Seus's birthday party.

 

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