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Check Six: Flight Record Set – 46 years ago

July 3, 2019

From the This Day in Aviation website

Us Air Force Photograph

4 July 1973: One of the last Grumman Albatross flying boats in service with the United States Air Force, HU-16B 51-5282, set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) altitude record for amphibians (Class C-3) when, at 12:33 p.m. EDT, it reached 10,022 meters (32,881 feet). This exceeded the previous record set 37 years earlier by 2,417 meters (7,930 feet).

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