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How long was your longest flight?

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How long was your longest flight?
Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:09 PM

Without stopovers: 12 hrs from Belgrade to Singapore on DC-10.

With stopovers: Tokyo-Singapore on 747-Singapore to Belgrade on DC-10-Belgrade-Dubrovnik on Dc-9. 3-5 hrs in each place. When I landed I was totally wasted, to put it simply.

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Posted by mississippivol on Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:26 PM

Mine haven't been nearly as long, but I'll swear it felt like I was flapping my arms the whole time...

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:44 PM

15 hours Hong Kong to San Francisco.

And I was seated next to a colleague from work who was, bless her, a talkathon.

With a Czech accent.

"Now, Beeel!"

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Posted by panzerpilot on Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:51 PM

20 hours. Day Two of Desert Storm.

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:07 PM

RIF doesn't count!

Well of course it does and thank you for your service, sincerely.

C-17?

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Posted by fermis on Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:49 PM

A little over 8hrs, from Edwards AFB to Hawaii, on a C-130 (MAC flight, when I was 8).

4.8hrs was the longest at the controls, but was done in 3 "legs" (cross country trip for multi-engine/commercial rating) Knocked out a few requirements on that flight, and add on actual IFR at night and an engine failure...good times!

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Posted by jetmaker on Sunday, March 22, 2015 12:05 AM

Returning home from deployment to the Horn of Africa. I hated that place. Couldn't get home fast enough

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, March 22, 2015 12:11 AM

It's a toss up... San Francisco to Tokyo, non stop, that included over an hour of holding before landing due to air traffic back up at Tokyo... Something like 14 hours that one...  Coming back from Bosnia was a non stop flight from Germany, after a short hop there from the Bos, non stop to McChord AFB in Washington... That was close to 14 hours as well... A couple flights from Germany to Los Alamitos AAF in a KC-135 with a stopover in Maine for customs were pretty close in duration... maybe only 13 hours in the air...

 

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, March 22, 2015 1:03 AM

26 Hours - Okinawa to Tokyo, Tokyo to San Francisco, then San Francisco to Atlanta. Just to see my oldest son get married. It was 22 hours to get there........

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, March 22, 2015 9:10 AM

Longest at controls was St, Louis to Detroit and back.  Not far, but in an Ercoupe that does take awhile! Takes a fuel and pit stop.  Longest in air was Minneapolis to Madrid via two stops.  As I remember it was about 12 hours total if I have my time zones computed right.  Most of that was NY to Amsterdam, other two were pretty short hops.

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Posted by jelliott523 on Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:13 AM

Longest for me was Amsterdam - Chicago, 11 hours on the flight home, going over was only 9.5, had a helluva headwind coming back.  However, I do have a longer one coming up as I am going from LA to Sydney, looking at 18 hours.

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Posted by Viejo on Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:23 AM
44 hours, Chattanooga to Key West and back on a weekend, towing a Saab on the way back (4 hours on Key West prepping the Saab for the tow). Wasn't flying, but sometimes we had that van below the radar.

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Posted by Echo139er on Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:27 AM

Eight hours during operation Able Manner (1994 Haitian Migration)

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Posted by Ray Marotta on Sunday, March 22, 2015 11:05 AM

Numerous 20 hour flights as a crew member on the P-3B Orion.  Longest commercial flight:

Sondrestromfjord, Greenland to Copenhagen, London, Paris, Zurich, Addis Ababa, Mahe, Seychelles.

Longest at the controls:  8 hours in a Schweitzer SGS1-26B at Dillingham Field, Oahu, Hawaii.

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Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, March 22, 2015 11:12 AM

Travis AFB in the bay area to Clark AFB, Manila on a stretched DC8, crammed to the gills.  Two refueling stops, Hawaii and Guam (they had to get a 52 off the ground to have room to put us I think.)  Can't remember timewise, but seemed forever at the time.

**EDIT**  The shortest was the return on the same route, and tossed in the run from Udorn to Clark.Toast

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Sunday, March 22, 2015 1:09 PM
In 2007, I took leave of my senses and left everything behind to do some travelling in hopes of finding center after a difficult divorce. If I recall correctly, the flight from the States to London took right around 12 hours. The flight from Rome to Auckland, New Zealand took 26 hours (one hour lay-over in Dubai), and the flight home from Auckland was 23 hours into Los Angeles.

All that I can say is that whomever got the idea to fit each passenger seat with the in-flight entertainment center (video games, movies, and television) deserves a little bonus and a big handshake!
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Posted by wolfhammer1 on Sunday, March 22, 2015 7:54 PM

14 hours Chicago to Kobe Japan.  

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Posted by Fly-n-hi on Monday, March 23, 2015 12:42 AM

Longest at the controls?  Phoenix to Lihue, Kauai, 7:38 hrs if I remember correctly...in a Boeing 757-200.  Longest as a passenger?  I don't remember the time exactly but it was something like just over 10 hrs in a TWA 747 from London, Heathrow to LAX.

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Posted by ygmodeler4 on Monday, March 23, 2015 1:00 AM

Every flight is an eternity when your 6'8" and stuck in a window seat in economy class

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Posted by sharkbait on Monday, March 23, 2015 8:29 AM

Singapore to NY  direct with headwinds and the usual BS in NY. 20 + hrs.

You have never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3!

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Posted by panzerpilot on Monday, March 23, 2015 10:15 AM

GMorrison

RIF doesn't count!

Well of course it does and thank you for your service, sincerely.

C-17?

Thanks! E-3.
One thing about long flights..I used to get these really bad headaches. Most of our missions were 8-12 hours. Still fairly long. I thought those headaches were from the radar emissions, etc. ha! I went to the flight surgeon. He asked me. "You drink coffee on those flights?" Yes "You drink water on those flights?" No. "Ahhh, you are getting dehydrated. Drink a lot of water.".That fixed it.

-Tom

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Posted by Fly-n-hi on Monday, March 23, 2015 10:18 AM

sharkbait

Singapore to NY  direct with headwinds and the usual BS in NY. 20 + hrs.

I don't know if it still is or not but that used to be the longest flight in the world for a while.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, March 23, 2015 1:53 PM

Back in 1981,12 hours Honolulu to Newark.We went Honolulu to Oakland to Baltimore to Newark.

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Posted by BLACKSMITHN on Monday, March 23, 2015 2:41 PM

Well, my first marriage lasted 17 years from Round One...

Oh sorry, you said longest FLIGHT!

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Posted by pordoi on Monday, March 23, 2015 3:25 PM

My longest was Philadelphia to Puerto Princessa, Philippines.  Phila. to San Fransisco (6hrs) to Honolulu (5hrs) to Manila (8hrs) to Puerto Princessa (2hrs).  Then right onto a boat sailing overnight to Tubbataha reef in the middle of the Sulu Sea.  At least one could sleep on the boat....

Don

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Posted by Matt OBrien on Monday, March 23, 2015 5:05 PM

Longest for me and my wife was 38 hours of travel time. Sacramento to Minneapolis, then to Amsterdam. From Amsterdam then on to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Lots of resetting my watch.....I have no idea how many time-zones were crossed but I know I never want to go through THAT again.  

We then lived in Kazakhstan for two months, then repeated the whole process coming home. There's no place like home.......

Matt

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Posted by wayne baker on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 2:16 PM

Kadena, Okinawa to San Francisco

 I may get so drunk, I have to crawl home. But dammit, I'll crawl like a Marine.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:41 PM

I did fly San Francisco New Delhi over a 23 hour period. But that included a 12 hour lay over in Germany due to fog in India.

Bill

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:56 PM

Fort Smith, Arkansas to Chicago in  a little Convair prop something-or-other, with a load of live chickens and puppies in the cargo hold below!  Hot, humid, noisy- fortunately not smelly!

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:33 PM

Good story that.

We used to fly San Francisco- Santa Barbara CA on passes on weekends to see my moms parents.

That's maybe 6 hours by car.

San Francisco, follow Route 101 to Salinas, follow Route 1 to Monterey, follow 68 back to Salinas without landing and then 101 down to King City, then down to Paso Robles, then 42 over to the coast without landing at Lompoc unless there were servicemen from Vandenburg in the terminal, then on the coast following the Southern Pacific tracks around Point  Arguello and down into Santa Barbara.

On a light night return, they'd skip going inland to PR and follow the coast up to Monterey. If all was right, we'd fly over Hearst Castle at San Simeon at 10,000 feet at sunset.

Convair 440 IIRC.

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