Airborne for 64 Days

In a Cessna 172, no less

The Cessna Skyhawk 172. NASM

In 1959, Robert Timm and copilot John Cook set an endurance record in a Cessna 172, staying aloft for a mind-bending 64 days, 22 hours, 19 minutes and 5 seconds. (Read about the flight here.)

When asked by a reporter if he would ever replicate the stunt, Cook replied: “Next time I feel in the mood to fly endurance, I’m going to lock myself in a garbage can with the vacuum cleaner running, and have Bob serve me T-bone steaks chopped up in a thermos bottle. That is, until my psychiatrist opens for business in the morning.”

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