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Pilots Successfully Complete "World Flight" Mission

For Immediate Release Contact:
Eileen Boyce
312.222.9126

May 17, 2004

PILOTS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE “WORLD FLIGHT” MISSION

First type aircraft to fly around the world; several national, world records pending

(TETERBORO, N.J) - Last night, “World Flight” pilots Matt Brooks, Fred Lohden and Tim Weber completed their trip around the world in a Cessna 501 Citation I/SP, the lightest aircraft ever to accomplish such a feat. The flight took a total of 114 hours, touching down at 11:24 p.m. EDT at Teterboro Airport, covering an estimated 22,600 nautical miles. With this flight, the crew will have established a combined total of nearly 40 national and world records, pending certification by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) respectively. The pending records include:

  • Maximum speed of 400.3 knots/114 hours: Fastest speed/time around the world West bound in this class aircraft, 12,500 lbs or less
  • Maximum speed of 400.3 knots: High altitude speed for this aircraft
  • Numerous point-to-point speed and altitude records

For more specific information on the aircraft, route or flight crew, visit the “World Flight” Web site at www.ardenflight.com.

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