January 18, 1957

1957: Operation POWER FLITE/MACKAY TROPHY. Maj Gen Archie J. Old, Jr. leads three B-52s from the 93rd BW at Castle AFB CA on a 24,325-mile, around-the-world nonstop flight. When the bombers reach March AFB, CA 45 hours 19 minutes later, they become the first jets to circle the globe nonstop.