Aerial refueling, the biplane way
Two months later, in late August 1923, the two men who'd been in the receiving plane -- Lowell Smith and John Richter -- set an endurance record with a flight that lasted 37 hours, 15 minutes, with help from 16 midair refueling maneuvers, according to the National Museum of the US Air Force. In October of that year, the duo flew from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, with three aerial refuelings. The novelty was quickly becoming well-established reality.
August 25, 2013 9:14 AM PDT
Photo by: US Air Force
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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