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Otto W. Buenting, WWII Airman
Posted by: Carol Minkel (ID *****7299) Date: September 05, 2005 at 11:14:32
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From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 9/3/1945:

"Local Airman Clips Non-Stop Flight Record. Major Buenting Flies from Honolulu to Washington in 17 Hours, 21 Minutes"

A Pittsburgh airman clipped nearly three hours from the non-stop flight record from Honolulu to Washington over the weekend, and now he is looking forward to a fast non-stop trip home.

Major Otto W. Buenting, Jr., 29, of 512 East End avenue, made the record when he landed his . . . Superfortress Saturday in Washington 17 hours and 21 minutes after leaving Honolulu, according to an Associated Press dispatch. His ship carried film and records from Tokyo.

Major Buenting's mother, Mrs. O. W. Buenting, said yesterday, "He just telephoned me and I expect him home on leave Monday if he is able to get a plane, otherwise he will arrive Tuesday morning."

In setting his record, Major Buenting bested the 20 hours and 15 minutes record set in June by another B-29 commanded by Major General Curtis E. LeMay. The flight was made at an average speed of 285 miles per hour and at an average altitude of 20,000 feet.

[ a small photo of the airman accompanies the article ]

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