PerthGloryFan
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SAA RTW Record Attempt

Sun Oct 28, 2001 9:09 pm

You may have seen the ads on the back cover of Airways mag - SAA will be attempting to beat PanAm's 54hr07min12sec SFO-SFO via both poles record of October 1977.

The route for this attempt is JFK (dep Sat Nov 17) - Rio Gallegos, Argentina - Perth, Western Australia - Beijing - JFK in a planned flying time of 45hr 56min.

Was checking the Perth Airport website (my local) and saw it listed in their general northern hemisphere winter (Oct-Mar) schedule as:

Monday 19 Nov SA2217 B747-400 From RGL arr PER 0305 dep 0430 To PEK

Hmm, 0305 on a Monday morning??? Am I *that* keen .... history in the making and all that, and it is November - hmm, we'll see.

PGF

 
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RE: SAA RTW Record Attempt

Sun Oct 28, 2001 9:15 pm

You would have to be keen to see a plane at 3;05am whatever it was doing. It not as though 747s aren't arriving at Perth any less these days. SAAs and Qantas 747s
PGF you been registered exactly a year.
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RE: SAA RTW Record Attempt

Sun Oct 28, 2001 9:33 pm

Exactly a year - good grief, shows how often I check my details!

You would have to be keen to see a plane at 3;05am whatever it was doing
Well, I am putting this up as part of the "Confessions of an airline nut" thread  Smile

SA's 747s are usually -200s and QF's only fly domestic, although there are more every week now.

And it is a world record attempt, I've done stranger things, well maybe not that much stranger.

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RE: SAA RTW Record Attempt

Sun Oct 28, 2001 10:00 pm

Hold the presses:

http://www.over-both-poles.com/

reports that the record attempt has been put back a year or so because of Sept 11th  Sad

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RE: SAA RTW Record Attempt

Mon Oct 29, 2001 12:48 am

Anybode know which 747-400 they plan to use? Probably the one with the best record for relyability, speed and best fuel burn. I hope someone from saa technical or maybe one of the pilots can help me!!!

Good luck SAA

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