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Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 6:49 am

I know, I know... you might be getting sick of all this threads about "longest flight for a..."

However, no one has asked before about a prop (Dash8, ATR 42, SAAB, etc, etc, etc).

I mean current flights..., not 1956 NYC-LAX in DC4!!!!

Please add distance (not time)

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Until Somebody Does Better...

Thu Sep 04, 2003 7:45 am

...try one of the flights out of Tahiti. 1300+ km as I recall.

Then of course there's the ETOPS EMB-110 from Rarotonga to Penrhyn-- but it's only 4 hours.
 
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August OAG Shows...

Thu Sep 04, 2003 8:09 am

weekly ATR Papeete to Atuona 1433 km-- but maybe discontinued now? If so, Papeete to Nuku Hiva 1403.6 km. The flight to the Gambier Islands was longer but it hasn't been in the OAG for a while.

You are talking about nonstops?
 
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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 8:15 am

How about checking details of the Catalina - you'll be surprised at it's endurance!

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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 8:17 am

Yes, non-stops, please.
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Ceylon-Perth

Thu Sep 04, 2003 8:38 am

We assume he's looking for longest distance, not time, so the Catalina isn't a contender even if it were current. But yeah, hard to think of longer flights if duration were the criterion.
 
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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 9:35 am

I was once on a B1900, ABE-CLE for Continental Express. 1h 45m was too long for me to feel comfortable; I fasted before the flight to make sure it wouldn't be uncomfortable for everyone else (no lav on board.)

I know right now CLE-ELM and CLE-AVP are served by Continental Connection with CommutAir B1900s. Also CommutAir flies ALB-MDT and ALB-BGR, and Air Midwest flies PIT-RDG again with B1900s.

Air Canada probably holds the record length for a Dash-8 flight. I would check the Jazz route structure out of YYZ.

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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 9:57 am

I'm not sure if it's even noteworthy, but Horizon Air flies daily LAX-SUN nonstop service with a Dash 8-400 Turboprop; 688 miles (2 hours, 40 minutes enroute).
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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 10:09 am

Well, I know of one flight, it was a charter flight operated by LOT (EuroLOT) from Warsaw (EPWA) to Malta, non - stop, on a ATR 72-200.

 
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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 10:16 am

I once took a 2 Hour!! flight on a B-1900 from TPA to NAS. Way to long without ANYTHING!!!
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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 11:32 am

American Eagle operates (or operated, not sure if they still do) some pretty decent hauls in the Caribbean with ATR-72s...SJU-Trinidad is one that jumps out...something close to 3 hours or so...

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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 12:09 pm

Contract Air Cargo has been flying McAllen, TX to TOL in a Convair 580 quite a bit lately - if that counts.  Smile
 
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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 12:32 pm

Well the absolute longest flight for a prop plane is all the way around the world in (I think) 9 days. Rutan and Yeager in their Voyager aircraft. Took off from Edwards AFB, landed at Edwards AFB without refueling and without landing anywhere else.

But of course they're not a scheduled airline flight. and I've probably missed the spirit of the thread...

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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 12:46 pm

And I will also miss the spirit of the thread.

The longest piston powered flight by a production aircraft was from New Zealand to Wright-Patterson AFB in a Neptune. The year was 1956 I believe, and the airplanes name was "The Truculent Tortoise" ( I think?. I'm old and the memory is failing me though.
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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Thu Sep 04, 2003 1:04 pm

The longest non-stop scheduled airline propeller flight was....
ORY-LAX
4918 NM
20 hours 25 minutes, average, depending on winds.

Operated by AirFrance using Lockheed 1649A Constellation equipment.
Absolute endurance for this aircraft was 23 hours, provided the oil was not depleted.

Fuel capacity for the 1649 was 9817 US gallons, oil 221 US gallons.

A very nice aeroplane to fly. Personally operated these same aircraft in freighter configuration after they were sold by AirFrance.
 
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RE: Not-current Non-scheduled

Fri Sep 05, 2003 7:22 am

I don't think Air France ever scheduled props to LAX. TWA had an SFO-ORY "nonstop" (with fuel stop if required) but offhand I'm guessing they didn't do LAX-ORY either.

The Turtle (or maybe The Truculent Turtle) flight was in 1946, from Pearce (near Perth) to Columbus; it was the longest-ever great-circle-distance flight until that A340 flew LBG-AKL. But they were going for the unlimited-class distance record, not the piston-engine distance record, so they used rockets on takeoff.
 
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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Fri Sep 05, 2003 12:22 pm

And the correction to my post is duly noticed, and appreciated. Still, RATO does not disqualify it from my point.

Now for another may be wrong, off topic as usual, but wasn't the first west coast-Europe nonstop an SAS flight from SEA to CPH using a DC-8?

Corrections appreciated as I am losing my memory of such things. Seriously.
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RE: First West Coast To Europe Nonstop

Sat Sep 06, 2003 1:18 am

If you mean jet scheduled nonstop to Europe, then maybe SAS is a contender. My guess is BOAC or PA, assuming London counts as Europe.

But the first nonstop schedule West Coast to London was TWA in 1957.
 
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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Sat Sep 06, 2003 1:04 pm

Thank you Timz. In the dark recesses of my mind, that strikes a chord. Of course I'll forget within a few minutes. Oh well, no one ever said degernative mind loss was fun. At least I learn something new every day.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Longest Flight For A Prop?

Sat Sep 06, 2003 1:09 pm

I believe that Penn-Air does a run out to Dutch Harbor in a Saab 340 still non-stop.

That is 831sm

Reeve used to do that with their Electras until they went out of buisness in 2000. And I flew that exact route on a Markair Dash-8-300 in 1991.

Speaking of Reeve Electras, they used to do a run in the 1980's from Cold Bay to Seattle, which measured out to 1800 miles. All over some very nasty cold water. They knocked it off in 88 or 89 I think.
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