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The Book, Which Flew Round the Earth

A book “Virgin Soil Upturned” and an air chart, which were taken to the flight round the Earth, were handed to the Museum of M.A. Sholokhov by M.M. Sholokhov, the younger son of the writer.

Mikhail Mikhailovich was sent these things late in 1990 by the head of the USSR United Service of the State Air Search and Rescue D.I. Demiyanenko, a lieutenant general. He wrote on the postcard: “With this book on me I flew round the Earth across the South and North Poles crossing twice the equator in the record flight of the plane AH-124 “Ruslan” on December, 1-4, 1990. The flight member, an Air Force general, Demiyanenko. 4.12.90”.

The chart bears the flight route, the start aerodrome, route turning points, base aerodromes of the search and rescue forces on duty, the return route (Melbourn – Moscow), arctic stations, the boundaries of the continuous search-rescue zone.

The starting time from Melbourn (Moscow time) is 13:11, December, 1, 1990.

The South Pole crossing time is 20:58:30, December, 1, 1990, that of the North Pole is 9:30:35, December, 3, 1990.

As well, the landing dates and time in Rio-de-Janeiro, Casablanca, Melbourn are charted.

The flight records: the distance covered is 50370 kms, the flight time is 72:19. 7 world and 10 home records were achieved.