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Long Distance Air Record

    Naturevolume 140page143 (1937) | Download Citation



    THE Russian pilot, Colonel Michael Gromoff, with two companions, flying an Ant 25—1, landed at San Jacinto, California, on July 14—a flight estimated to be of about 6,625 miles from Moscow, over the North Pole which lasted 61 hours 7 minutes. The existing record of 5,675 miles, was held by the French airmen Codos and Rossi. The Soviet Government has been interested in this route, which follows practically a direct line across the North Pole. The pilot's log mentions the points Moscow, south-west Nbvaya Zemlya, North Pole, northern British Columbia, Oregon, San Francisco, and San Jacinto. So recently as last June, Chekaloff wfth two others on a similar machine flew over the same course, reaching Portland, Washington, a distance of 5,500 miles. The machine, also an Ant 25—1, was specially fitted for long-distance work, carrying extra fuel tanks and liquid oxygen, presumably for flying at considerable altitudes. The total loaded weight of the machine was 11 ½ tons, about 6 tons of which is stated to have been fuel for the flight.

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