A 1980 Sabreliner circumnavigated the globe March 19-21 in 57 hr., 54 min., averaging 647 kph. (402 mph.) for the 36,900-km. (23,000-mi.) eastbound course, which began and ended in Geneva. The crew, Riccardo Mortara, his son Gabriel and Flavien Guderzo, claimed a new speed record for the 9,000-12,000 kg. (19,840-26,455-lb.) jet category. Their stated goal was to best around-the-world speed records set by Steve Fossett in the VirginFlyer and golfer Arnold Palmer in a Learjet 36, but the ...

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