1 hour 36. The gate to gate time of a commercial 737 must be not too much quicker than that. Just checked the air nz site 1 hr 20 min mind you I have been in the jump seat of the 727 when w ehad them and we were empty and did it in 1 hour.
Rob Burns (pilot) and Chris Bromley (co-pilot) have set a new unofficial record time in the C1c class between Auckland and Christchurch of 1 hour 36minutes and 38 seconds for an average speed of 465kph (251kts). This beats the previous record set in 1996 by Chris Thoms in a Lancair iv.
After waiting several weeks for suitable weather they took advantage of a high pressure system passing over the country to get a smooth run direct from Auckland International Airport to Christchurch International a distance of 404km. The flight had a number of highlights for the pilots, after all how often do you get to fly down the main runway at an International airport at 350kts to get a start time and finish with a fly by of the tower at another at 360kts, all without getting in trouble! And at one point be 50 nautical miles off shore.
Many many thanks to the very helpful and professional team at Air Traffic Control for making it all possible and providing the clearances and assistance as we progressed down the country.
And for the record, there is still a LOT more speed left in the Thunder Mustang.
Post by Peter Lewis on Mar 30, 2007 7:54:55 GMT 12
From the letters column, NZ Herald Friday March 30th:
"Speed Record According to a Herald article, Robert Burns has claimed the Auckland-Christchurch speed record for a single-engined piston aircraft. He recorded a time of 1h 36m in Kiwi Thunder, a Mustang P51D lookalike. But in September 1951, I was part of a team testing Mustangs that had been in storage and were being introduced to service in Air Force territorial squadrons. On a delivery flight in one of these from Whenuapai to Wigram, I calculated a time of 1h 31m. B A Wood Group Captain (retd), Titirangi"
I don't know how the weight classes compare between the two aircraft types, they could fall into different FAI classes.
FAI categories are based on weight. I once attempted a Record Rotorua to Kaitaia flight in a C172, which would have qualified as there was no existing record for the weight category. Unfortunately the weather prevented the overhead Rotorua start. The be an officially verified record there have to be stements from official observers at the start and finish points. Is quite a fun thing to try, it just takes a little organising in advance.
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...