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United Airlines is offering a Houston to Sydney service that lasts 17 hours and 30 minutes - the latest in a series of ultra-long-haul flights that seem to stretch passenger endurance to the ultimate - especially in economy.

But spare a thought for the self-loading cargo on TWA's non-stop San Francisco to London route launched 60 years ago. They spent 19 hours 10 minutes in a Lockheed L-1649A Starliner. Aviation's golden age was not so glamorous when you were bumping around at 20,000 feet.

(Source: Flight International February 13, 2018)

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