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“Cablevision Tool”—world record setting Learjet 35A

11 December 2016

 

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The record setting Learjet 35A in DIA in Terminal C of Denver International Airport—Nick Veronico image and copyright

This Learjet 35A—known as “Cablevision Tool”—was used to set a world speed record around the globe for business jets. Touching down at Denver International Airport, after departing there 49 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds earlier, its four pilots claimed that record on 14 February 1996 with an average speed of 467.6 mph over a distance of 23,077 miles. The aircraft was owned by Bill Daniels who led a Louis Lamour-like life as a champion boxer, fighter pilot then to ultimately become the “Father of Cable Television” and who assigned to a pair of pilot teams: Paul Thayer and Dan Miller as well as Mark Calkins and retired astronaut Peter Conrad. The route flown by these four pilots in just a bit over two days was: Colorado–Cape Verde–Italy–Saudi Arabia–India–Philippines–Russia–Alaska–Colorado. Cablevision Tool is now is exhibited suspended within Terminal C of Denver International Airport. Our thanks to author Nicholas Veronico for contributing these images and story idea   🙂

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Learjet 35A in DIA—Nick Veronico image and copyright

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Learjet 35A in DIA showing just a few of the interests Bill Denials had—Nick Veronico image and copyright

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“Cablevision Tool” Learjet 35A’s nose tells the tale (though pilot Dan Miller’s name has been omitted) in DIA—Nick Veronico image and copyright

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