Two pilots set world-record for fastest aviation journey in mainland U.S. (includes video story)

Two adventurous friends have traveled to all the major airports in America together. Now, they have set a Guinness World Record in aviation by landing in all 48 states in the contiguous U.S. in about 38 hours.

John Skittone and Bob Reynolds set off from Maine on May 17 and landed in Indiana at 1 a.m. on May 19. The pilots admitted that getting documentation to certify their world record was the most difficult part.

“I actually think the documentation was harder than the flying,” said Reynolds.

The pilots had to film the entire flight, have multiple witnesses present and track their flight progress meticulously to have their flight certified as a world record. There was even more logistical planning that came with it.

“We were changing things literally up until the day of the flight,” said Skittone.

The trailblazers say all of the hard work put into making this record-breaking flight was worth it since the two have now etched their names into aviation history books.

Carlos Carrillo is a senior at Florida International University majoring in digital broadcasting. After graduation Carlos hopes to pursue a career in TV and one day become a sports broadcaster or journalist.