Anyone whining about modern air travel needs to take some time and ponder its magnificence. Yes the seats suck, TSA is Kubuki Theater, and all the other Super Duper annoying first world problems.
To fly at all is a miracle...
So why bring this up? Well the four pilots, and Joey the baby kangaroo, flew for fifty two hours and over eleven thousand miles... in 1946!
The purpose of the flight was to answer the USAAF’s recent seven thousand mile record, flown in a Boeing B-29 Superfortess.
Starting before the WWII was over and rapidly spiraling into an angry, aggressive all out fight between the nascent Air Force, still part of the army until 1947, over post war funding.
The USN rightly felt that their performance in the war, especially in the pacific, had shown the need for a powerful navy.