Great Moments in Travel History – November 2012

By Jesse Sokolow on 1 November 2012
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Lt. Com. Richard E. Byrd and Vought seaplane

The Daily Mail of London offered a £10,000 prize on November 17, 1906, to the first person to fly from Manchester, England, to London.  In 1909, Louis Blériot won the prize after he flew across the English Channel.

The First World War ended on November 11, 1918.

On November 20, 1928, Douglas Aircraft Co. Inc. was founded.

Between November 28 and 29, 1929, the first flight over the South Pole was made by Commander Richard E. Byrd.  The flight was completed in a Ford trimotor piloted by Bernt Balchen and two Americans.  During this first expedition to Antarctica, Byrd established a base located on the Bay of Whales, which he named Little America.

The Boeing B-29 Pacusan Dreamboat, a converted B-29  bomber, set a world record for nonstop distance traveled with 8,198 miles (13,193 kilometers) on its November 20, 1945 flight from Guam to Washington, D.C.

On November 15, 1956, a Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) Douglas DC-7C set a new distance record for commercial airlines when it flew 6,005 miles (9664 kilometers) nonstop from Los Angeles to Stockholm, Sweden. The aircraft followed the Great Arctic Circle route on its flight.

The Douglas DC-7 began service with American Airlines on November 4, 1953.  The new aircraft allowed the airline to offer nonstop, coast-to-coast service.

The Boeing B-29 Pacusan Dreamboat set a world record for nonstop distance traveled with 8,198 miles on its November 20, 1945 flight from Guam to Washington, D.C.

Pan American World Airways ordered 20 Boeing Stratocruisers (Model 377) on November 28, 1945.  The aircraft was a commercial version of the C-97 military transport.

On November 15, 1956, a Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) Douglas DC-7C set a new distance record for commercial airlines when it flew 6,005 miles nonstop from Los Angeles to Stockholm, Sweden.  The aircraft followed the Great Arctic Circle route on its flight.

The first production Boeing 727-100 rolled out on November 27, 1962.  It made its first flight on February 9, 1963.  On November 3, 1963, a Boeing 727 completed a 76,000-mile world tour, visiting 26 countries.

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