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1959 flight spanned 172 hours

Posted Nov. 4, 2016

small planes refueling in air

November’s Fort Worth Flashback series focuses on the region’s rich aviation history.

In May 1959, a Ryan B-1 Brougham airplane named Fort Worth, flown by Reginald L. Robbins and James H. Kelly while setting their endurance record, refuels while in flight.

The men flew a total of 172 hours, 32 minutes and 1 second at Fort Worth’s Meacham Field, a flight that lasted May 19-26. The refueling pilot was Jimmie Mattern.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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