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The longest military flight distance

B-52 The military aircraft flight distance record is held by the B-52, which encircled the whole world in one (very long) flight, by refueling multiple times along the way.

In a demonstration of the B-52s global reach, on 16–18 January 1957, three B-52Bs made a nonstop flight around the world during Operation Power Flite, covering 39,165 km (21,145 nm, 24,325 statute miles) in 45 hours 19 minutes (536.8 smph) with several in-flight refuelings by KC-97s. The 93rd Bomb Wing received the Mackay Trophy for their accomplishment.