Flight distance record
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This list of flight distance records contains only those set without any mid-air refueling.
Non-commercial powered aircraftThis table is incomplete. (January 2012)
Year Date Distance Pilot Aircraft Notes
2006 February 12, 2006 41,467.46 km Steve Fossett GlobalFlyer Steve Fossett.
1986 December 23, 1986 40,212.14 km Richard Glenn Rutan and Jeana Yeager Rutan Voyager Circumnavigation. Fédération Aéronautique Internationale record holder up to 2006.
1962 January 10–11, 1962 20,168.78 km
(12532.3 mi) Major Clyde P. Evely and crew Boeing B-52H Stratofortress From Kadena AB, Okinawa to Torrejon AB, Spain, via Tokyo, Seattle, Fort Worth, Washington DC and the Azores
1946 September 29 - October 2, 1946 18,083.6 km Cdr. Tom Davies pilot, Cdr. Eugene Rankin (co-pilot) and two crew Lockheed P2V-1 Neptune From Perth, Australia to Columbus, U.S.
1945 November 20, 1945 12,739.6 km USAF; C. S. Irvine + crew of 9 Boeing B-29 Superfortress From Guam to Washington DC, USA
1938 November 5–7, 1938 11,520.4 km
(7,162 miles) RAF Long Range Development Unit; R. Kellett, H.A.V. Hogan and A. N. Combe (first pilots) + crew of two (also qualified pilots) in each aircraft Vickers Wellesley From Ismailia, Egypt to Darwin, Northern Territory in Australia; three aircraft flew in formation, Hogan landed to refuel at Koepang (500 miles short of Darwin), the other two landed at Darwin, Northern Territory.
1938 May 13–15, 1938 11,651.011 km Yuzoh Fujita + crew (Japan) Koken-ki Three-corner course over Japan. Closed-circuit record.
1937 July 12–14, 1937 10,148.5 km Mikhail Gromov + crew (Russia) Tupolev ANT-25 From Moscow to San Jacinto, California, USA
1933 August 7, 1933 9,104.7 km Maurice Rossi and Paul Codos (France) Blériot 110 F-ALCC From Floyd Bennett Field, New York, USA to Rayack, Syria
1933 February 8, 1933 8,544 km RAF Long Range Development Unit; O. R. Gayford and Gilbert Nicholetts Fairey Long-range Monoplane K1991 From Cranwell, UK, to Walvis Bay, South Africa
1931 July 28–31 8,066 km Russell Boardman and John Polando Bellanca J-300 Special Cape Cod NR761W From Floyd Bennett Field to Istanbul, Turkey
1929 September 27–29, 1929 7,905.140 km Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte Breguet 19 Super Bidon Point d'Interrogation Paris to Qiqihar, China.
1927 June 28–29 3,862.43 km Albert Francis Hegenberger and Lester Maitland Fokker F.VII From California to Hawaii, the longest open sea flight up to that date, in the "Bird of Paradise". They received the Mackey Trophy and the Distinguished Flying Cross from President Calvin Coolidge for this achievement.
1914 February 7, 1914 1,699 km Karl Ingold Mercedes Aviatik-Pfeil He flew continuously from 7:35 am until 11:55 pm covering 1,056 miles in 16 hours and 20 minutes.
1903 December 17, 1903 279 m Wilbur Wright Wright Flyer 59 seconds
1903 December 17, 1903 39 m Orville Wright Wright Flyer 12 seconds
Commercial aircraftYear Date Distance Pilot Aircraft Reference
2005 November 9, 2005 21,602.22 km Suzanna Darcy-Henneman, Asif Reza, John Cashman Boeing 777-200LR Hong Kong International Airport to London Heathrow Airport taking 22 hours, 22 minutes
1997 April 2, 1997 20,044 km Boeing 777-200ER Malaysia Airlines delivery flight from Boeing Field, Seattle to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 21 hours and 23 minutes.
2011 December 6, 2011 19,830 km Boeing 787-8 Boeing Field to Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 21 hours and 43 minutes.
1993 June 16 to 18, 1993 19,277 km Airbus A340-200 Airbus A340 demonstration flight from Paris, France to Auckland International Airport, New Zealand.
1989 August 16 to 17, 1989 18,001 km Boeing 747-400 QANTAS delivery flight from London Heathrow Airport to Sydney International Airport in 20 hours and 9 seconds.
2003 January 9, 2003 16,910 km Airbus A330-200 QANTAS delivery flight between Toulouse and Sydney in 19 hours and 45 minutes
2004 June 28, 2004 16,600 km Airbus A340-500 Singapore Airlines between Singapore and New York (Newark Airport) in 18 hours 18 minutes. 
2004 February 3, 2004 14,093 km Airbus A340-500 Singapore Airlines between Singapore and Los Angeles in 14 hours 42 minutes.
1988 September 17, 1988 14,042 km Boeing 767-200ER Air Mauritius between Halifax and Mauritius in 16 hours and 27 minutes.
Other types of aircraftDate Measurement Person Aircraft Reference
January 21, 2003 3,008.8 km Klaus Ohlmann and Karl Rabeder Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-4 The gliding flight consisted of four legs along the eastern side of the Andes mountain range. The flight time of 15h 8m giving an average speed of almost exactly 200 km/h.
March 21, 1999 40,814 km Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones Breitling Orbiter Distance record for a balloon
- Fossett link
- Taylor 1966, p. 2.
- Flight 1938
- Mikesh and Abe 1990, p. 91.
- "'Cape Cod's' Success Climaxes 5 Years [of] Bellanca Records". The Sunday Morning Star, Wilmington, DE. 2 August 1931. Archived from the original
- "World's Records In Aviation". Flight, 20 March 1931, p. 247.
- Bird of Paradise
- Karl Ingold plane
- "German Airmen Sets Record". Popular Mechanics. 1914.
- Commercial distance record
- FAI link to gliding records
- . Skyrevue. Jan 2003 http://www.quovadis-aero.com/pdf_ext/2003_Schallmauer_durchbrochen_3000_km.pdf. Missing or empty
- Mikesh, Robert C. and Abe, Shorzoe. Japanese Aircraft 1910-1941. London:Putnam, 1990. ISBN 0-85177-840-2.
- Taylor, John W. R. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1966-67. London:Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1966.
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