On This Day in History / January 18, 2024 Operation POWER FLIGHT1957: Maj Gen Archie J. Old, Jr., led three B-52s from the 93rd Bombardment Wing at Castle AFB, Calif., on a 24,325-mile, around-the-world nonstop flight. When the bombers landed on 18 January at March AFB, Calif., 45 hours 19 minutes later, they became the first jets to circle the globe nonstop. The B-52s averaged 532 MPH and relied on three KC-97 air refuelings in setting the F.A.I. record. All flight crew members were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the 93rd earned the Mackay Trophy for this flight.