Round-the-World Flights

RAF Support Command Round-the-World Global Flight

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RAF Support Command Round-the-World Global Flight
        The Central Flying School (CFS) of the Royal Flying Corps was established at Upavon Airfield England on May 12, 1912. This flying school provided pilots for the Military and Naval Wings of the newly formed British Royal Flying Corps. On April 1, 1918 the CFS was responsible for the training of all the RAF flying instructors and was the Royal Air Force's main facility for all flight training. Upavon served as a Flying Training School until the end of WW-II and was considered to be the longest serving flying school in the world.
        On September 1, 1972 the RAF's Air Support Command was merged with Strike Command and the reformation of the 46 Group headquartered at RAF Upavon. To commemorate these events and "The School" at Upavon, the RAF Support Command made a round-the-world global flight. Captain Flight Lieutenant's MM McKinnon and AB Law made the circumnavigation in a Hercules XV-292 with an in-flight time of 86H 4M. Itinerary: Departed Lyneham England 08/31/72 Gander Newfoundland 08/31/72 Offutt AFB NE 09/01/72 McClellan AFB CA 09/02/72 Hickam AFB Honolulu HI 09/04/72 Wake Island 09/07/72 Agana Guam 09/07/72 Kai Tak Hong Kong 09/08/72 Tengah Singapore 09/11/72 Calcutta India 09/12/72 Masirah Oman 09/14/72 Akrotiri Cyprus 09/18/72 Arrived Lyneham England 09/19/72

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