Funny thing is that this T7LR "record" falls short of Seattle's own 42 years old record of 12,535 miles. (Okinawa - Madrid, 1st November 1962, Boeing B-52H, 8 P&W TF-33P-3).
Such a long range flight is a public stunt made by the marketing department. Most interesting thing is, will the date be announced in advance? If so, how long time in advance, the day before or...?
The major problem is that it will be embarrassing if they fall short. What is needed is extremely favorable tailwinds, and therefore exceptionally good advice from the weatherman. And also some luck. Seattle is hoping for a whole string of tropical hurricanes lined up so they can ride on the tailwind side of them.
Last Sunday afternoon I traveled at "supersonic groundspeed" going from KEF
in 2h20min in a beatup old B733 while skirting the southern part of the Atlantic hurricane Karl.
[Edited 2004-09-29 23:33:24]