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A team of Israeli pilots entered the Guinness Book of World Records after conducting the Lowest altitude aircraft formation flight
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Last July it was published that a solar aircraft broke the record for the longest solo flight in history
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15 September 1948: the F-86 “Cyber” fighter jet sets a new speed record for an aircraft, a record that has been broken several times since. Here are some aviation records you should know of
Transport planes should be spacious, unmanned aerial vehicle must be equipped with communication systems and a fighter jet is required to be fast. The reason is clear: fighter jets strike targets and need to execute the mission and return home as fast as possible.
In fact, in 15 September 1948, 67 years ago, a new speed record for a fighter jet was set – 671 Mph. The record was set by North American Aviation supersonic F-86 “Cyber” fighter jet which was produced for the American Air Force in the 1940s. Many fighter jets have surpassed it over the years and the current record was set by the F-22 “Raptor”, the first fifth generation stealth fighter jet. What other records were broken by aircraft around the world?
Refueling Using the Sun
Last July it was published that a solar aircraft broke the record for the longest solo flight in history. The Swiss pilot André Borschberg flew for over four days without landing from Japan to Hawaii and broke the previous record for a non-stop solo flight.
Borschberg’s plane, the “Solar Impulse 2”, departed from Nagoya, Japan and immediately faced its most dangerous mission – crossing the Pacific Ocean. The plane stayed in the air for 4 days, 21 hours and 52 minutes and crossed 8,170 kilometers. Who knows, perhaps soon we will also refuel our vehicles using the sun on our way to work.
Flying Over The Lowest Place On Earth
A team of Israeli pilots entered the Guinness Book of World Records after conducting the Lowest altitude aircraft formation flight in the skies of the lowest place in the world – the Dead Sea. Lt. Col. (Res.) Dan Si’on, a retired IAF combat squadron commander, set the conditions for breaking the record along with the Guinness Company: a flight that will last for at least one minute in a tight formation, where the aircraft fly just meters away from the formation leader.
In November 2014, six “Ultralight” planes tried to meet these preconditions. They fly over the Dead Sea at 99 Mph, 422 meters below sea level and set a new Israeli record.
Size Does Matters
Built in 1935, the “Hindenburg” airship was enormous. It was 250 meters long, 42 meters wide and was considered the biggest aircraft of that time. The “Hindenburg” airship was completely burned during a landing attempt, marking the end of using airship for transportation and the transition to planes.
Driven by competition and the pursuit for progress, huge transport planes, just like fighter jets, are gradually developing. The largest transport plane as of today is the “Airbus A380”, also called the “Super-Jumbo”, a double-deck plane which can carry up to 800 passengers in a single flight.