Multiple world record breaking flight around the globe
On July 9-11 2019, 50 years after man first walked on the Moon, a team of eight aviators from around the globe broke the Round-the-World record for any aircraft flying over the North and South poles in a Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER ultra long-range business jet. The attempt pushed the boundaries of human ingenuity – just like the Apollo 11 mission half a century ago.
The team launched the record attempt from, and returned for the finish to, Space Florida’s Launch and Landing Facility (the former Shuttle Landing Facility) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, from where Apollo 11 launched their historic mission 50 years ago. The mission started at 09:32 EDT – the same time as Apollo 11.
The One More Orbit crew. Engineer Benjamin Rueger, second from the right.
One More Orbit Mission facts:
Final flight time: 46:40:22
Total distance: 22,422 NM (40,172 KM)
Speed to beat: 444 KTS (822 KM/HR)
Average speed: 465 KTS (861 KM/HR)