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On Monday, August 21st, the Breitling DC-3 , a World War II aircraft, will arrive in New York to complete the North American leg of its historic journey to set the world-record as the oldest plane to circle the globe!
Before landing at Teterboro Airport, in New Jersey, the aircraft will fly over New York City – up and down the Hudson River around the Statue of Liberty and back to the World Trade Center.
After New York, the plane will head to Canada, then Greenland, then Europe (including Iceland, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland), and then continue on to the Middle East.
The Press Release states in relevant part:
RECORD-BREAKING BREITLING DC-3 WORLD TOUR MAKES ITS FINAL NORTH AMERICAN STOP IN NEW YORK
77-Year-Old Aircraft to Visit New York During Its Historic Journey to Become Oldest Plane to Circumnavigate the Globe
WHAT: The Breitling DC-3 aircraft will arrive in New York for its final North American stop of its historic journey to set a new world record to become the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe. After completing its journey through Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the Breitling DC-3 will wrap up the North American leg of its tour around the world in New York. The DC-3 first made its maiden flight in the United States in 1940 before it was delivered to American Airlines. Nicknamed the ‘Normandy landings plane,’ it was hired out to the army from 1942 to 1944, where it towed countless gliders and dropped thousands of paratroopers on the coasts of Normandy during World War II.
WHY: Breitling’s objective in organizing the Breitling DC-3 World Tour is once again to share its passion for aviation with a vast audience around the globe. Breitling’s affiliation with aviation dates back to the early 1930’s when they manufactured on-board chronographs for aircraft cockpits. This solid connection to aviation continued, and in 1952, when Breitling launched its legendary Navitimer watch, the oldest mechanical chronograph still in production today. To celebrate the grand feat of the DC-3 World Tour, Breitling has chosen to introduce a 500-piece limited edition of this watch, a cult favorite among pilots. The Navitimer Breitling DC-3 Limited Edition, which will travel onboard the DC-3 throughout the tour, will be available complete with a certificate signed by the flight captain following the tour.
There is a lot more information and photos on the Breitling Website.
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