Did You Know, Before INSV Tarini, IAF Also Did a Circumnavigation of Globe?

INSV Tarini and its crew are the talk of the season because they have achieved something that the whole country is proud of. Read more about it here.

But, did you know that the Indian Air Force has achieved such feat with one of its planes way back in 2007?

Not only did they circumnavigated the globe but set a new world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe on a microlight.

Circumnavigation in a Microlight

IAF attempted an expedition of great magnitude in order to set a new world record for the fastest time in circumnavigating the world in the 300-500 kg weight category.

The Expedition covering a distance of 37,000 km in approx 45 days was undertaken in a German manufactured Microlight, the CTSW Advance.

Previous Record

Earlier, the record stood at 99 days whereas the expedition did it in 64 days. The route entailed transit through twenty countries.

Till that date, only two microlights had accomplished this feat. The first was in 1998 by a British pilot, Brian Milton (along with K. Reynolds and P Petrov part of the way), taking 121 days. The second was by another British pilot, who took 99 days in 2000. This is the current record.

The Crew

Wg Cdr Rahul Monga and Wg Cdr Anil Kumar were the crew who set out to attempt this record. Wg Cdr Rahul Monga, 37, normally flies attack helicopters while his co-pilot Wg Cdr Anil Kumar, 38, handles supersonic jet fighters.

Wg Cdr Rahul Monga and Wg Cdr Anil Kumar with their microlight
Wg Cdr Rahul Monga and Wg Cdr Anil Kumar with their microlight

Wg Cdr Monga, while preparing himself for this D-Day for two years, had done a trip around the whole of India. Incidentally, Monga also holds the record for the highest altitude gain by an Indian in a microlight plane, when he reached an altitude of 21,000 feet in May 2004 at the Hindon air base.

The Route

The expedition first headed off eastwards on June 1 and made the first stop at Allahabad. After a few hours of rest, it took off again towards Bagdogra. From there the duo headed out to Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Russia United States, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Denmark, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Oman and finally returned to India from the Western region into Jamnagar and to Delhi via Udaipur. Following are the figures which helped set this record:

Total Flight Plan Distance: 41303 km/ 22302 nm

Total Great circle Distance: 39549 km/21355 nm

Total flying time: 236 hours

Total fuel: 3900 liters

Also Read: ‘Pradakshina’: A New World Record By Indian Air Force ‘Skyriders’

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