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9500 miles in 18½ hours — Singapore Airlines Flight 21 and the Airbus 340-500

12 October 2012

9500 miles in 18½ hours — Singapore Airlines Flight 21 and the Airbus 340-500

Airbus A 340-500, the type used for Singapore Airlines Flight 21 — Singapore Airlines photo

Flight 21 routinely travels from Newark to Singapore nonstop, where passengers and crew fly just short of 9500 miles in 18½ hours. Yes, 18½ hours of flight with most of it at several hundred miles per hour within the stratosphere — and routinely.

Compare Flight 21 with the historic first powered and controlled flight by the Wright Brothers which lasted mere seconds, never leaving ground effect just over a century ago. The Wrights opened the door to a dimension of travel no one but the most insane of the day could have foreseen.

During the 20th Century aviation pioneers like Batten, Lindbergh, Post and Kingsford-Smith were rightfully lionized for their perilous one or two person ocean crossing feats.  Now the infrastructure exists to safely and reliably cross half the globe on a scheduled basis three times per week with 99 fellow passengers. Truly, it is difficult to fathom this progress over such a short time!

Singapore Airlines uses the Airbus A 340-500 for this flight which is a poetic match to superior service of Singapore Airlines — both marked by elegance and poise.

Airbus A 340-500 departure, perhaps Singapore 18½ later? — Singapore Airlines photo

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 October 2012 10:35

    Looking at the future-(istic) designs coming from Boeing, (and others) it seems “mind boggling” what the world of Aviation will look like just 50 years down the road!… hours by miles……appearance….technology….capacity…manufacturing….”Wow!” will be an understatement!
    Spent a long weekend in Dayton…AF Museum, Carillon Park,Huffman Field and the Wright neighborhood … experiencing humbling, excitement ,refreshed perspective and awe…..

    Oh!, what my daughter will see, enjoy and benefit from!!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      13 October 2012 17:00

      Yes, but will she have to take off her shoes for TSA? 😉

      Cool stuff you saw in the Dayton area — I can’t wait to get back there 🙂

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