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Records set by the RAF


This page gives brief details of international aviation records set by the RAF both intentionally and as a result of operations.

 
Category Record Date(s) set Pilot/Leader Aircraft
Distance Cairo -Kano return, 5,268 miles 27 Oct 1925 - 19 Nov 1925 Sqn Ldr A Coningham DH9A
Distance Cairo - Cape Town 1 Mar 1926 - 12 Apr 1926 Wg Cdr C W H Pulford Fairey IIID
Distance Plymouth - Singapore 17 Oct 1927 - 28 Feb 1928 Gp Capt H M Cave-Brown-Cave Southampton
Non-stop distance Cranwell - Persian Gulf, 3400 miles, 35 hours 1927 Flt Lt C R Carr/Flt Lt  L E M Gillman Horsley
Speed 281.49 mph 1927 Fg Off S N Webster Supermarine S5
Non-stop distance Cranwell - Karachi, 4130 miles Apr 1929 Sqn Ldr A G Jones-Williams/Flt Lt  N H Jenkins Fairey Long-Range Monoplane
Speed 328.63 mph 1929 Fg Off H R D Waghorn Supermarine S6
Speed 340.08 mph 1931 Flt Lt J N Boothman Supermarine S6B
Speed 400+ mph 1931 Flt Lt G H Stainforth Supermarine S6B
Non-stop distance Cranwell - Walvis Bay, 5340 miles, 37 hrs 25 min Feb 1933 Sqn Ldr O R Gayford/ Flt Lt G E Nicholetts Fairey Long-Range Monoplane
Altitude 49,967 ft Sep 1936 Sqn Ldr F R D Swain Bristol 138
Altitude 53,937 ft Jun 1937 Flt Lt M J Adams Bristol 138
Non-stop distance (formation) Cranwell - Ismailia, 4,300 miles, 32 hrs 7/8 Jul 1938 Wg Cdr O R Gayford Wellesley
Non-stop distance Ismailia - Darwin,  7,158 miles, 48 hrs 5 Nov 1938 - 7 Nov 1938 Sqn Ldr R Kellett Wellesley
Speed 606.25 mph 7 Nov 1945 Gp Capt H J Wilson Meteor F4
Speed 616.81 mph 1946 Gp Capt E M Donaldson Meteor F4
Distance/Time UK - Cape Town,  6,700 miles,     21 hrs 31 min 1947 Sqn Ldr H B Martin Mosquito
Distance/Time UK - New Zealand,  12,270 miles, 23 hrs 50 min 8 Oct 1953  10 Oct 1953 Flt Lt R L E Burton/Flt Lt D H Gannon Canberra
Distance/Time UK - New Zealand,  12,270 miles, 23 hrs 50 min 8 Oct 1953  10 Oct 1953 Flt Lt R L E Burton/Flt Lt D H Gannon Canberra
Non-stop distance UK - Cape Town,  6.060 miles,     11 hrs 28 min  9 Jul 1959 Wg Cdr M J Beetham Valiant (using Air-to-Air Refuelling)
Non-stop distance Longest jet flight,  7,400 miles,       18 hrs 5 min 2 Mar 1960 Sqn Ldr J Garstin Valiant (using Air-to-Air Refuelling)
Non-stop distance UK - Singapore,  8,110 miles,  25 - 26  May 1960 Sqn Ldr J Garstin Valiant (using Air-to-Air Refuelling)
Non-stop distance Scampton - Sydney,  11,500 miles, 20 hrs 5 min 20-21 Jun 1961 Sqn Ldr M G Beavis Vulcan (using Air-to-Air Refuelling)
Non-stop distance Waddington - Perth, 8,433 nau miles, 17 hrs 15 min 8-9 Jul 1963 Wg Cdr A Griffiths Vulcan (using Air-to-Air Refuelling)
Long Distance Recce Mission Ascension Island - South Georgia, 7000+ miles, 14 hrs 45 min 20 Apr 1982 Sqn Ldr J Elliott Victor B (K) Mk 2
Long Distance Bombing Mission Ascension Island - Port Stanley, 7860 miles  1 May 1982 Flt Lt M Withers Vulcan B Mk 2
Long Distance Recce Mission Ascension Island - Argentinean Coast, 8,300 miles, 19 hrs 5 min 15 May 1982 Wg Cdr D Emmerson Nimrod MR Mk 2
Non-stop distance Brize Norton - Perth, 15 hrs 53 min 8-9 Apr 1987 Wg Cdr J Uprichard VC10K3 ZA147  (using Air-to-Air Refuelling)

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