AIR: Arnold's Ride

The Army announced last week that a new Australia-to-U.S. flight record had been hung up: 35 hours 53 minutes from Brisbane to San Francisco in a C87 (transport version of Consolidated's Liberator bomber). The 7,000-mile trip takes up to four weeks by ship convoy.

Commander of the flight was Army Air Chief Lieut. General Henry H. ("Hap") Arnold, whose trip to Australia was unannounced until his return. Previous recordholder: Lieut. General George Brett, who made it on his return from U.S. Air Forces in Australia last month.

When Hap Arnold arrived at Washington's...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!