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Around the world in 80 days - Indian Air Force way Two intrepid Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots flew in here Sunday after creating two new world records for circum navigating the globe in a microlight aircraft. Flying over 16 countries and touching 81 destinations, Wing Commanders Rahul Monga and Anil Kumar completed their journey in 80 days, shaving 19 days off the existing mark of 99 days held by Britain's Colin Bodil since 2001. They also bettered Bodil's airspeed record of 16.53 km per hour by recording 21.09 km per hour. 'But for unfavourable wind conditions in some parts, you would have completed the journey 15 days earlier,' IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major noted as he flagged in the expedition at this air base on the outskirts of the national capital. The expedition was conducted as part of the ongoing platinum jubilee celebrations of the IAF. Major also made a special mention of the permission granted by the Pakistani government for the microlight to refuel at Karachi Saturday to enable the pilots complete the journey in the 80 days he had mandated when flagging off the expedition from here June 1. 'I am grateful to all the countries for providing transit facilities. The IAF will gladly reciprocate this at any time,' he added. The expedition covered a total distance 40,497 km in 241 hours spread over 49 flying days.

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