Today in History – July 29, 1952 – RB-45 Tornado makes first non-stop trans-Pacific flight.

29 July 1952 –  A USAF RB-45 Tornado makes the first non-stop trans-Pacific flight, having been refueled twice by KB-29s along the way.

The North American B-45 Tornado was an early American jet-powered bomber designed and manufactured by aircraft company North American Aviation. It has the distinction of being the first operational jet bomber to enter service with the United States Air Force (USAF), as well as being the first multiengine jet bomber in the world to be refueled in midair.

For more about the RB-45 (B-45) Tornado go to North American B-45 Tornado – Wikipedia

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