Front of the Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe

Side view of cockpit, engine, and landing gear of gray Curtiss Robin aircraft with model of a man wearing goggles
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In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful attempts the year before, Fred and Algene Key took Ole Miss up from Meridian, Mississippi on June 4 and did not touch the ground again until July 1, for a total time in the air of 653 hours and 34 minutes, or 27 days. During the flight, the Keys received fuel and supplies 432 times from another aircraft. Highlighted in this image is the engine of the Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe.




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