Document created: 1 September 04
Air & Space Power Journal - Fall 2004

Round-the-World Flights, 3rd ed., by Carroll V. Glines. Brassey’s ( index.htm), 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2003, 352 pages, $19.96 (softcover).

On 28 January 1987, Friendship One, a United Boeing 747SP, departed Boeing Field, Seattle, and flew around the world in a record time of 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds. It covered 23,125 miles at an average speed of 625 mph. The comfortable flight included hot meals, bathroom facilities, and in-flight movies. The pilots worked the radios, charted the flight path, and tried to stay in smooth air with the wind at their backs. Navigation never became a problem, and the aircraft had plenty of fuel to reach its destinations. In addition to this record-setting endeavor, Carroll V. Glines’s Round-the-World Flights also tells more dramatic stories of sacrifice, discomfort, and danger—of open cockpits, crashes, bad weather, fuel starvation, innovation, adaptation, and lots of luck and skill.

Glines begins in 1924 with the first round-the-world flight. Two of the four Douglas World Cruisers that began the trip completed their epic journey 175 days later. This third edition of the book adds, among others, stories of several round-the-world firsts: a nonstop balloon flight, nonstop solo balloon flight, and motor-glider flight. It also includes round-the-world speed records in a home-built airplane and the trip of a Lockheed Electra 10E that commemorated Amelia Earhart’s last flight.

Glines offers up an amazing number of aviation achievements—round-the-world firsts; speed records; and flights by helicopters, balloons, home-built aircraft, business jets, airliners, and more. Each chapter puts the events in historical perspective and tells the story behind the particular accomplishment. As an anthology of notable aviation achievements, it serves its purpose well, including many pictures and riveting quotations from the actual flyers who lived these adventures. Told in a captivating manner, the stories leave readers wanting more—more details about individual personalities and their motivations and experiences.

Round-the-World Flights is a good starting point for historians looking for stirring aviation adventures and their place in history. It is also a wonderful reference for flyers and dreamers who may have their own aspirations to circumnavigate the globe.

Maj Scott Drinkard, USAF
Colorado Springs, Colorado


The conclusions and opinions expressed in this document are those of the author cultivated in the freedom of expression, academic environment of Air University. They do not reflect the official position of the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, the United States Air Force or the Air University.

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