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Tu-211 - demand for a vehicle capable of carrying large numbers of passengers to Low Earth Orbit space stations, encouraged Tupolev Design Bureau to upgrade their tested supersonic jet design, Tu-144, and take it to the next level - single stage to orbit spaceplane. Tu-211 is larger than its older brother, to accommodate more fuel and passengers. The main new features is ceramic heatshielding and the advanced propulsion system, that allows the vehicle to reach Low Earth Orbit, or take a sub-orbital flight path, which can make a flight from Moscow to New York as short as 2 hours.

The first flight of the first Lockheed L-100, the commercial version of the C-130 Hercules airlifter, was memorable, and also very l-o-n-g. On 20 April 1964, company Chief Production Pilot Joe Garrett took off from the Lockheed facility in Marietta, Georgia, and landed the aircraft (named One World Hercules, civil registered N1130E) on the same runway an incredible 25 hours and 1 minute later. The crew flew all but 36 minutes of the flight with the two outboard engines shut down, as shown here. The milestone flight, which consisted of a racetrack patter over Georgia and Alabama, was made at what the company called a “loitering speed” 130 mph. The L-100 was developed from the C-130E and certified by the FAA as a commercial freighter on 16 February 1965. The L-100 demonstrator was later taken on a world tour and was delivered to Alaska Airlines.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, taxis on the runway April 25, 2017, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 555th EFS, who was last here in 2015, provides counterterrorism operations to enable a successful train, advise and assist campaign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)