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SPEND A DAY GOING AROUND THE WORLD; SPEED RECORDS HIGHLIGHT CONCORDE TOUR TO COMMEMORATE COLUMBUS' VOYAGE

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SPEED RECORDS HIGHLIGHT CONCORDE TOUR TO COMMEMORATE COLUMBUS' VOYAGE
 MIAMI, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- For would-be adventurers who yearn to be in on historic events, there's an opportunity to fly completely around the world in one day.
 A supersonic Air France Concorde flying at Mach 2 (1,350 mph) will go around the world on Oct. 12-13, 1992, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World 500 years earlier.
 The flight has been named Sunchaser One by U.S. organizers of the upcoming unprecedented experience. Cost to become one of the 70 history-making participants is an all-inclusive $23,800. Aviation history will attest to this fastest-ever circumnavigation of the globe, flying 25,110 miles in 23 hours and 10 minutes. Sunchaser One is expected to create at least 17 world speed records.
 The sun will never set on the Sunchaser One flight which will make six stops: Santo Domingo, Acapulco, Honolulu, Guam, Bangkok and Dhahran.
 Included in the tour cost are Air France flights to Paris (and return) from New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark, Washington, D.C., and Houston. Tour participants will overnight on October 10 at the Sofitel Hotel at the Paris airport.
 Appropriately, Lisbon is the take-off and end-of-journey destination for the exploit. Columbus was living in Lisbon when, at 26, he first conceived the idea of sailing west to find a new route to the Orient.
 The round-the-world Sunchaser One tour participants will board the Concorde in Paris on Sunday, Oct. 11, for a short supersonic flight to Lisbon. That evening, they'll be honored guests at the Hotel Ritz Lisboa for a reception, press conference and overnight stay before taking off at seven the next morning - Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12.
 Three hours and 25 minutes later, Sunchaser One will land in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic where Columbus landed on his first voyage 500 years earlier. In 1506, the last wish of Columbus was to be buried there, and in 1540 he was interred in Santo Domingo's Cathedral of Santa Maria.
 On Oct. 12, the same day that Sunchaser One arrives, Pope John Paul II and the King and Queen of Spain will dedicate the FARO lighthouse, the Dominican Republic's own monument to Columbus.
 Total round-the-world flying time is expected to be 23 hours and 10 minutes, at an average speed of 1,083.9 miles per hour.
 Sunchaser One will return to Lisbon the next day, Oct. 13. After an overnight stay at the Ritz, participants will be honored at a farewell breakfast gala on the 14th before their supersonic return flight to Paris.
 U.S. organizers of Sunchaser One previously arranged two earlier round-the-world Concorde tours, albeit at a more leisurely pace.
 The existing round-the-world record of 45 hours and 25 minutes is held by three pilots flying a Gulfstream IV corporate jet.
 For full details on Sunchaser One, contact any travel agency, or phone Concorde Spirit Tours, toll-free at 800-662-1492; or 305-776-7779, fax 305-772-7105. Mail inquiries to: 505 NW 65 Ct., #202, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33309.
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 /CONTACT: Mac Seligman or Kevin Moore of Creative Resources, Inc., 305-856-3474, for Concorde Spirit Tours/ CO: Concorde Spirit Tours ST: Florida IN: LEI SU: PDT


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