Round-the-world record

Hawke's Bay Today - - World -

A former as­tro­naut is back at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Cen­ter af­ter help­ing to shat­ter a pair of records for a round-the-world aero­plane flight over the North and South poles. Terry Virts was part of the team whose 46h 39m 38s po­lar cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion flight ended yesterday. They set the du­ra­tion and speed records in a Qatar Ex­ec­u­tive Gulf­stream G650ER air­craft. Their av­er­age speed was 861km/h. Virts’ former space sta­tion crew­mate, Rus­sian Gen­nady Padalka, was on the first two legs of the flight.

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