Today in Military History: Feb. 26, 1949, first around-the-world flight

Boeing B-50A "Lucky Lady II" of the 43rd Bomb Group, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo)

On February, 26, 1949, Air Force Capt. James Gallagher begins the first nonstop around-the-world flight in the Lucky Lady II,  a B-50A-5-BO (S/N 46-010) assigned to the 43rd Bomb Group. The flight which lasted from Feb. 26 to March 2, 1949, took 94 hours, 1 minute to complete. The venture began and ended at Carswell AFB, Texas.