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Around the World in 53 hours

Started: 2007-09-30 18:42:33

Submitted: 2007-09-30 19:05:09

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What's the modern version of "around the world in 80 days"? That is, how long would it take to circumnavigate the globe using commercially-available transport, and (while we're at it) meet the necessary requirements for an around-the-world flight (taking off and landing at the same airfield, and traveling a distance equal to or greater than the Tropic of Cancer)?

My answer: Fly from Sydney to LAX to London-Heathrow to Singapore back to Sydney, in 53 hours, five minutes. Let's consider the following four flights:

Flight Depart Arrive Distance (km) Duration Avg speed (km/h) Layover
Airport Time (Local) GMT Offset Time (GMT) Airport Time (Local) GMT Offset Time (GMT)
United 840 SYD 2007-09-01 13:45 10 2007-09-01 03:45 LAX 2007-09-01 10:14 −7 2007-09-01 17:14 12051 13:29 893.77 5:21
British Airways 278 LAX 2007-09-01 15:35 −7 2007-09-01 22:35 LHR 2007-09-02 09:45 1 2007-09-02 08:45 8780 10:10 863.61 2:30
Qantas 32 LHR 2007-09-02 12:15 1 2007-09-02 11:15 SIN 2007-09-03 08:00 8 2007-09-03 00:00 10888 12:45 853.96 1:30
Qantas 32 SIN 2007-09-03 09:30 8 2007-09-03 01:30 SYD 2007-09-03 18:50 10 2007-09-03 08:50 6288 7:20 857.45

This gives us a total distance of 38,007 kilometers in 53 hours, five minutes. That's just a thousand kilometers longer than the Tropic of Cancer, which the Internet tells me is about 37,000 kilometers. That's way more time than I ever want to spend in an airplane in such a short period of time, but it could be done.

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