Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The longest non-stop flight – no joke.

April 1st has come and gone and this story is still in the news – I’m now convinced it’s not a joke.

E7, a female Bar-tailed Godwit, using satellite tracking, has just performed the longest recorded non-stop flight – 6,341 miles. Flying at an average speed of 35mph at heights of up to 2km she has just flow from Coromandel Peninsular in New Zealand to Yalu Jiang mudflats in North Korea.

The route took her north across the Tasman Sea, east of Papua New Guinea, north past the island of Guam and onto the mouth of the Yellow Sea and North Korea. All of this non-stop – flying for just on a week. The next stage is a mere 5,000 miles on to Alaskan breeding grounds.

To convert this achievement on a pound for pound basis it is the equivalent of a jumbo jet (747) flying non-stop around the world 54 times.


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