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Rieflin Headless Aeroplane Co Hydro-aeroplane 1912

 
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The Rieflin Headless Aeroplane Co Hydro-aeroplane of 1912 set a world’s record for sustained hydro-aeroplane flight over water when piloted by Fred C. Eels on June 25, 1912 over Irondequoit Bay, New York, seventy-three miles in 1:21:00, at an average speed of fifty-four miles per hour. Eells’ flight was cut short when his supply of gasoline gave out and he dropped his machine to the bay. The best previous record for sustained flight was forty-six miles.
 
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