The day the first nonstop flight around the world started – level 1

26-02-1949

It is February 26, 1949. A special plane flies from Texas, US. There are 14 people in this plane. They fly only east. They want to fly around the earth .

They need fuel. They get fuel from other planes. This happens four times: over the Azores, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, and Hawaii.

On March 2, 1949, the plane returns back to Texas. The first flight around the Earth without a stop is finished. The flight is 38,000 kilometers long. The flight takes 94 hours.

The United States shows one important thing to the world. Now, Americans can send planes from the United States to all places in the world and use the atomic bomb.

Difficult words: fuel (energy for planes or cars), times (how often something happens), flight (a journey in a plane).

What do you think about this day?

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