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February 28, 1947

THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 28, 1947

* North American F-82 Twin Mustang
* United States Air force Fighter airplane
* Robert E. Thacker record flight

The front page has a one column heading: "P-82 AT MAINLAND ON NON-STOP DASH" with subhead. First report coverage continues on page 7 with photo. See below for description of this aviation event.
Complete with all 42 pages, rag edition in great condition.

wikipedia notes: On 27 February 1947, a P-82B 44-65168 named Betty Jo and flown by Colonel Robert E. Thacker made history when it flew nonstop from Hawaii to New York without refueling, a distance of 5,051 mi (8,129 km) in 14 hr 32 min (347.5 mph/559.2 km/h). This flight tested the P-82's range. The aircraft carried a full internal fuel tank of 576 gal (2,180 l), augmented by four 310 gal (1,173 l) tanks for a total of 1,816 gal (6,874 l). Also, Colonel Thacker forgot to drop three of his external tanks when their fuel was expended, landing with them in New York.

To this day, it remains the longest nonstop flight ever made by a propeller-driven fighter, and the fastest such a distance has ever been covered in a piston-engined aircraft (the record for the longest unrefueled flight by a propeller-driven aircraft of any type is held by the Rutan Voyager). The aircraft chosen was an earlier "B" model powered by Rolls-Royce Merlin engines.

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