Global Flyer -- Around the World in 80 Hours???

Global Flyer motto: "One Man, One Plane, One World."

Sounds like science fiction... around the world in 80 hours without stopping and without refueling.

On Monday, 28 February 2005, at about `18:47 local time`, the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer took off from the Salina Municipal Airport. [The Salina, Kansas, airport was chosen for its central location and long runway.]

The Global Flyer took off with `18,000` gallons of fuel.

The distance around the world approximates to `36,788 kilometers` which is equal in length to the Tropic of Cancer.

The Global Flyer is being piloted by Steve Fossett.

GlobalFlyer.com:: Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer: Home Page

Exercises
1. Compute the number of `miles` the Global Flyer will fly.
[1 kilometer = 0.62 mile]

2. Compute the number of `days`, `hours`, `minutes` and `seconds` the flight will take.
[1 day = 24 hours; 1 hour = 60 minutes; 1 minute = 60 seconds]

3. Compute the average `kilometers per hour`.

Update: Mission Accomplished!

The Global Flyer landed in Salina, Kansas, on Thursday, 03/03/05 at `13:48:56 local time`.

The 60 year old pilot, Steve Fossett, piloted the plane alone in a 7-foot cockpit. He experienced sleep deprivation and consumed 12 diet milkshakes. Fossett is quoted saying, "Well, that was something I wanted to do for a long time. It was a major ambition. I'm a really lucky guy." Congratulations to all of the people involved in this adventure.

GlobalFlyer.com:: Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer: Home Page

Exercises
1. Compute the number of `days`, `hours`, `minutes` and `seconds` the flight actually took.

2. Calculate (in hours) the difference between the estimated flying time and the actual flying time.

Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 01 March 2005

Salina, KS, is about `111 miles` away from the geographical center of the 48 contiguous states, which is located near Lebanon, KS. { map ... Salina to Lebanon driving directions }
Salina, KS, is about `165 miles` from Midway, USA, which is located near Kinsley, KS. { map ... Salina to Kinsley driving directions }