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|Aviation News, Feats, and Records, 1961
April 21 Air Force Major Robert White flew the X-15 at 3,074 mph over Edwards Air Force Base, California, to set a new controlled-flight speed record.
October 11 Major White piloted the X-15 to a record altitude of 217,000 feet, while also setting a world speed record (for manned, winged aircraft) of 3,647 mph.
November 9 In a test of maximum speed, Major White achieved a speed of 4,093 mph.
May 26 A U.S. jet bomber made a record New-York-to-Paris nonstop flight by covering the 3,669 miles in 3 hours 19 minutes 41 seconds.
October 18 A helicopter altitude record of 32,000 feet was set by an Air Force craft at Bloomfield, Connecticut.
October 25 An American Airlines jet flew from San Francisco to New York (2,657 miles) in 4 hours 29 minutes to set a 590 mph speed record.
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