December 23, 1986 – Voyager completes global flight

December 23, 1986 – Voyager completes global flight

Piloted by Americans Richard Rutan and Jeana Yeager, the experimental plane Voyager circles the globe in 9 days, 3 minutes, and 44 seconds.

The Voyager, made mostly of plastic, was essentially a flying gas tank with a capacity of 1,500 gallons; its weight decreased by 80 percent as the fuel was consumed.

On December 23, 1986, Voyager became the first aircraft to circumnavigate the globe without refueling when it returned to its starting point at Edwards Air Force Base in California after traveling over 25,000 miles.