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Hangar Flying

99 Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann sets World Record
Longest Nonstop by a Commercial Jet

Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann in the cockpit of WD001, the first 777-200LRSuzanna Darcy-Hennemann is lead test pilot for the 777-200LR, the aircraft developed by Boeing dubbed the World's Longest Range Airplane. On November 10, 2005, Darcy-Hennemann as chief pilot and project leader, completed a record-breaking flight from Hong Kong to London — a new world record for distance traveled nonstop by a commercial jetliner. Flying west to east over the Pacific, U.S. and Atlantic, the 777-200LR flew 11,664 nautical miles in 22-hour 42-minutes.

This record-breaking pilot has a history of firsts. In 1985, she became Boeing's first woman test pilot. The first woman to be rated as a captain on the 747-400 and the 777, Darcy-Hennemann also has captain status on Boeing's 737, 757 and 767 jets.

Darcy-Hennemann graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering and has worked for Boeing since 1974. She is a member of the Western Washington Chapter of the Ninety-Nines.

photo coutesy of Boeing

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