Lucky Lady II
Against that backdrop, in 1949 a US Air Force B-50A bomber known as the Lucky Lady II (seen here) carried out the first-ever nonstop round-the-world flight. The circumnavigation took 94 hours, 1 minute -- 2 hours less than four full days -- from February 26 to March 2, and required the assistance of four pairs of KB-29M tankers, which carried out an unspecified number of refuelings.
August 25, 2013 9:14 AM PDT
Photo by: US Air Force photo
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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