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One Phast Phantom, 60 Years Ago Today

Via the National Naval Aviation Museum:

Future astronaut LT Richard F. Gordon, Jr., and his radar intercept officer, LT (J.G.) Bobbie R. Young, pictured with the Bendix Trophy they captured for flying their F4H Phantom II from Los Angeles to New York on 24 May 1961. They covered the distance of 2421.4 miles in a record time of 2 hours, 47 minutes at an average speed of 870 miles per hour.
Speaking of the Bendix, fellow astronaut John Glenn picked it up previous to the above image in July 1957, pushing an F8 Crusader, Project Bullet, coast-to-coast in 3 hours and 22 minutes despite slowing down for three in-flight refuelings. That sortie was both the first supersonic transcontinental flight and the first continuous, transcontinental panoramic photograph of the United States.