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with 10 screaming babies behind you might seem, it’s not the longest flight in history. In fact, the longest flight ever is not even
the 8,000 mile trip from Dubai to San Francisco or even the 9,000 mile flight from Auckland
to Doha. It wasn’t even that time when Pakistan International
Airlines flew from Hong Kong to London the wrong way round or even that time in 2005
when a pilot circumnavigated the world from Kansas to Kansas non-stop or even that time
in 2006 when the same pilot flew from Florida to England with an extra circumnavigation
for good measure. The longest flight in history started in 1958
in a single engine Cessna 172 over the skies of New Mexico and didn’t end until 1959. In 1956, the Hacienda hotel opened in Las
Vegas, Nevada, but it had a problem. It really wasn’t in a good place. I mean a good place within Vegas, animator. All the popular casinos were over a mile north
so the owners desperately needed publicity. Luckily, one of the slot machine mechanics,
Robert Timm, came up with an idea. He was going to break the flight endurance
record and the Hacienda hotel was going to help. In exchange for prominently painting “Hacienda”
on the side of the plane, the owners of the hotel gave Timm $100,000 to fund the flight. Now with money, Robert Timm bought a used
Cessna 172 and got to work on some modifications. He installed an extra 95 gallon fuel tank,
modified the oil lines so he could replace the oil while in flight, and removed everything
from the interior but the pilot’s seat. He then put a small mattress in the front
and a small sink in the rear and lastly, he replaced the engine with a brand new one and
he was good to go. But then he received some bad news. Jim Heath and Bill Burkhart had just landed
their plane in Dallas after 50 days in the air. The record to beat was now four days longer. But the good news was that Timm found a co-pilot,
John Cook—no, not Professional Golfer John Cook or former mayor of El Paso John Cook,
this John Cook, experienced airline pilot and mechanic John Cook. The pair finished up their alterations and
then took off on National Cookie Day—that’s December 4th if you’re out of the know—bound
for nowhere but the record books. For the first few days they flew the plane
just around Las Vegas so they would have an airport to land at in case of issues, but
soon after they ventured south to fly over the deserts of California and Arizona. But what I’m sure you’re wondering is
how they refueled. They didn’t do air to air refueling and
it wasn’t a solar powered airplane or anything like that. Robert Timm and John Cook refueled their airplane
on their record breaking attempt by matching speed with a pickup truck and dropping a fuel
line down. For a full three minutes twice per day the
truck and plane went along a deserted stretch of highway like that. For food, the restaurant of the Hacienda Hotel
prepared gourmet meals that were hoisted up to the airplane by rope. The pair took turns flying for four hours,
then sleeping for the next four. The flight initially went smoothly. Christmas and the new year came and went with
no major mechanical issues, but the isolation and exhaustion from the flight started to
get to the pilots. Cessna’s are small and loud—hardly a good
home for weeks upon weeks. On day 36, the pair narrowly avoided disaster. In the early hours of the morning Cook was
having his rest while Timm was in the pilot seat flying the plane, until he dozed off. Luckily the autopilot was engaged so the plane
flew for a full hour halfway to the Mexican border before Timm woke up. On day 39 the generator failed which meant
the plane had no heat, no light, and no autopilot. But they were nearing the record. 11 more days of flying passed, then, on day
50, January 23rd, the Hacienda Cessna 172 broke the record for the longest continuous
flight in history, but they weren’t done yet. Timm and Cook pressed on, determined to make
their record last. As 50 days became 60 the engine started to
become weaker and weaker as carbon clogged the combustion chambers and they could barely
gain any altitude. It was time to land. So, on February 7th, 1959, after 64 days,
22 hours, and 19 minutes and 150,000 miles of flying, the Hacienda Cessna 172 touched
back down at McCarren Field and cemented its place in the record books, a record that still
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100 thoughts on “The 64 Day Longest Flight in History

  • April 18, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Hot air balloon? C:

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  • April 22, 2019 at 2:12 am
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    Isn't the trip from San Fran to Hanoi literally a day long

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  • April 27, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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    The brand new engine only lasted 1 trip

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  • April 30, 2019 at 8:50 am
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    They had autopilot in the 50s?

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  • April 30, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Could you beat this record using say a luxury jet with a good bedroom etc in it?

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  • May 5, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    um i woul use a voyager

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  • May 16, 2019 at 3:50 am
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    Hacienda hot?

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  • May 18, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    How did they go to the bathroom?mwas someone sitting on there porch and a shit falls on them?

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  • May 20, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    How to gain flight hours 101

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  • May 23, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    What software did you use to create the intro of your video? I want to make one for my videos.

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  • May 24, 2019 at 2:15 pm
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    Day 50 is my birthday

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  • May 24, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    What about fuel dude

    Watches more

    Oh oh uhh

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  • May 25, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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    Who else hears the Wii theme in the background

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  • May 26, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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    2:10 Jungkook?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 11:29 pm
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    0:48 to 0:58 that flight could have lasted a day

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:49 pm
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    "Hah"cienda is killing me.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 12:27 am
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    That's so boring. Who clapped for them?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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    here in American Airlines our flights have more day delays than the longest flight in history

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  • June 4, 2019 at 7:35 pm
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    Openttd?

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  • June 5, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    Going in a 737 for a few hours kills me,

    Why not go 64 days in a cessna?

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  • June 7, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    how did they pee

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  • June 9, 2019 at 1:01 pm
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    When he said “Tim and cook” I interpreted it as Tim Cook 😂

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  • June 10, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    Imagine the silence after hearing that engine running for over 2 months.

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  • June 13, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    You went 2 episodes without a video about planes. Good job.

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  • June 15, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    How about a 1 year flight?

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  • June 16, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    How do you fly from Kansas to Kansas without turning if the earth is flat?

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  • June 22, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    I’m in Las Vegas right now looking at that plane

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  • June 22, 2019 at 5:48 am
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    I'm sure these guys are your heroes right?

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  • June 22, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    Did it actually end up generating good publicity for the Hacienda Hotel though?

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  • June 24, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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    So ground-to-air refueling… huh

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  • June 25, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    "Phew, the engine is super weak and we can hardly gain altitude. I think we should land in 4 days"

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  • June 25, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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    Hey ISS orbits (flights around Earth) for 21 years. It's the longest flight ever.

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  • June 29, 2019 at 10:41 am
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    What about the 37-year 914 pan america flight?

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  • June 29, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    I saw that plane hung up in McCarran International

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  • June 30, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    1 minute in and I want to slap you for saying Nevada wrong

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  • July 2, 2019 at 11:16 am
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    december 4th is my birth day

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  • July 3, 2019 at 5:46 am
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    This comments section just cured everyones stress and anxiety 😂

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  • July 7, 2019 at 1:17 am
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    Talk about padding your logbook!

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  • July 7, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    A Cessna 172 with autopilot?

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  • July 8, 2019 at 12:21 am
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    Hacienda H O T

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  • July 8, 2019 at 8:13 am
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    They should have added some seafoam to the fuel at 4:22 lol

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  • July 8, 2019 at 9:29 am
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    I mean for me to get my 1500hr of flight hours it’s about 62 days

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  • July 8, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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    I think I would have gone stir crazy. I can't even last a day in a car without going nuts. Plus, I didn't know the 172 had an autopilot.

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  • July 9, 2019 at 3:44 am
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    wdym they didnt have electricity. this is the 1950s, not 1850s

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  • July 9, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    🤔so that’s how they got the saying “ shit in a bag”!

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  • July 9, 2019 at 11:48 pm
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    Oh dang they spent a stack of days in that plane

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  • July 10, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    If you add enough qualifiers, everything that ever occurs is a record.

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  • July 10, 2019 at 8:11 am
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    64 days in the air huh
    planes that vanished for years and returned am I a joke to you

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  • July 10, 2019 at 11:26 am
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    So how do they smell after all

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  • July 11, 2019 at 1:46 am
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    “How many flight-hours do you have?”

    “1,588”

    “Wow, how many flights?”

    ONE.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 6:58 am
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    I’d love to hear about that story of the idiot who flew to London backwards.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 7:01 am
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    Oh wow, this mission was genius! I love the simplicity of just flying down near a pickup truck and refuelling.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    Meanwhile In the Plane

    Food and Water ran out 4 days ago, Fuel running out tommorow morning.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    If I was to attempt to break this record I would use a modified piper super cub

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  • July 12, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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    Are we there yet?.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 10:03 pm
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    dang 1,600 flight hours i’d be applying to a regional airline right after i land .

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  • July 14, 2019 at 8:54 am
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    I’m in Doha 😂

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  • July 15, 2019 at 11:47 am
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    How do they poo?

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  • July 17, 2019 at 4:42 pm
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    What HAI thinks we’re asking: How did they refuel?
    What we’re actually asking: H O W D I D T H E Y 💩?

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  • July 18, 2019 at 2:30 am
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    Bruh more than half of that plane is filled with gasoline lol

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    pretty muhc effort to fly around in cicles for days^^

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  • July 20, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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    To those who don’t know how they go to the bathroom, they have a small sink.

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  • July 21, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    Wow a full stack of minecraft day

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  • July 21, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    Wait were did they go to the bathroom

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  • July 24, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    I was flying into vegas and I told my mom about this and then on our way to baggage claim we saw IT and I was like "MOM! Look! Look! It's that thing I was telling you about!"

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  • July 27, 2019 at 2:00 am
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    So they used Brilliant.org, right?

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  • July 27, 2019 at 11:15 am
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    Wow! I can’t even handle a full hour without peeing.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    Flight 914 broke it

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  • July 31, 2019 at 6:16 am
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    Just buy a Boeing 747 and fill all the compartments with fuel spare parts and get some on air mechanics and your good to go

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    how did they shit

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  • August 1, 2019 at 10:46 am
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    so in the 70s we made engines that could run 150k miles non stop without failing and nowdays you cant get 100k without blowing your head gasket?

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  • August 3, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    A stack of days, Nice!

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  • August 5, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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    That’s a ridiculously long time……

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  • August 6, 2019 at 9:02 am
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    The record only stands as it was silly and unnecessary in the first place.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 4:12 am
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    from kansas to kansas

    im just thing about how he could have just stayed and bassicly did the flight

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  • August 9, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Damn son

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  • August 10, 2019 at 2:00 am
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    !!???!!??

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  • August 10, 2019 at 7:48 am
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    John Cook? More like Junkook

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  • August 11, 2019 at 7:13 pm
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    NA vada lol

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  • August 12, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    2:14 he jinxed it

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  • August 16, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    I bet after they landed they still heard and felt the vibration and engine noise for a few days, the quiet would be hard at first.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 11:55 pm
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    Is anyone wondering about their clothes or how they took a shower?

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  • August 19, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Our other sponsor, Skillshare, can teach you how to refuel a plane in mid-air.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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    In the event of alternator/generator failure, cabin heating would remain unaffected because it is a mechanical system that pulls heat off of an exhaust shroud and into the cabin… just a note

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  • August 20, 2019 at 7:42 pm
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    how did they use the bathroom?

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  • August 22, 2019 at 5:59 am
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    How slow can a Cessna 172 fly to match that truck speed?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    If these guys can go 64 days in a small little cessna and do it in a time where aviation wasn’t even advanced, what if this could happen in a big airliner today?

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  • August 24, 2019 at 10:23 am
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    How to get your ATP in one flight 101

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  • August 25, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    Wow that’s a stack of days!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    That’s one way to get your hours in

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  • August 29, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    "sEsnAS"

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  • August 30, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    Lol the transition was funny. "If you want to break the record you'll have to…" you know what will cone next..

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  • August 30, 2019 at 8:20 am
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    generator failing has nothing to do with heater…….

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  • August 30, 2019 at 11:40 am
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    He should stayed up for another 5 days

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  • August 30, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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    Fun fact, light takes 0.8 seconds to make that same distance

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  • September 1, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    I always knew that 64 was the max of everything

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  • September 2, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    Can’t wait for someone to beat the world record by 5 days

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  • September 3, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    longest flight is sts 80 space shuttle mission (lol)

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  • September 4, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    A stack of days

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