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Old 07-20-2017, 09:29 PM
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You have from 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM, access to your own jet with privileges to ever airport in the nation, and will have a car on hand at every runway you land on. You can start/end wherever you want.

Assume you had five 2-hour flights, each to a strategic spot in the Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, South, and Northeast that's centrally located and near as many state borders as possible. If you started in LA, five two-hour flights could absolutely get you on the ground in each of the above regions.

That leaves 14 hours for driving, split between the corresponding regions.

Would this feat be remotely possible in a single day? If not - what's the fastest you think it could be done?
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Old 07-20-2017, 09:39 PM
Location: 352
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It'd be very exhausting, and you'd need your own plane to avoid delays and crowds, but sure I guess it could be done. Not sure why'd you start on the west coast though.
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:40 PM
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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It would make more sense to go from east to west, to get 3 extra hours in the day due to the time zone difference. I don't think it would be logistically possible given the large size of many states, especially in the west. Probably 3-4 days would be feasible.
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Old 07-22-2017, 12:14 AM
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If you could land really close to a lot of state boundaries...I suspect 24 could be possible and 48 would be easy but that's just a guess.

Looking at a map about 19 points would do it, including a helicopter available at a few spots where maybe a fourth state is just a short hop away from an intersection of three. You'd start at one point so only 18 more would be needed.
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Old 07-22-2017, 08:04 AM
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I really don't think 24 hours is possible as just flying over all of the states would probably take 20 hours, plus or minus. If you had a F-35 with VTOL (vertical take off and landing) then it might be possible. Otherwise, using regular airports and driving I even had a hard time sticking within 48 hours.

Here is what I got (ignores airport processing, traffic jams, etc.):
  • Start Lake Tahoe, Drive to Nev and back toairport (1 hr)
  • Fly to Baker, La Grande, or Pendleton OR, Stepoff plan (2.5 hr) 3.5 hr total
  • Fly to Lewiston, Id, drive to Clarkston, WA (1.5hr) 5.0 hr total
  • Fly to Sheridan Wyo, drive to Montana and back(3.5 hr) 8.5 hr total
  • Fly to Farmington, NM Drive to 4 corners andback (6 hr) 14.5 hr total
  • Fly to Texarkana, drive to OK, TX, LA and back (5.5hr) 20 hr total
  • Fly to Biloxi MS, drive through AB to Pensacolawhere plane is waiting (3.5 hr) 23.5 hrtotal
  • Fly to Chattanooga, drive through NC and GA toGreenville SC (4 hr) 27.5 hr total
  • Fly to DC, drive to Alexandria VA, turn aroundand drive through DE, PA, NJ, NY, CT RI, MA, ME, NH, back to Boston (9 hr) 36.5 hr total
  • Flyto Burlington, Step off plan (1 hr) 37.5 hr total
  • Fly to Charleston WV, drive to OH, KY and back(4.5 hr) 42 hr total
  • Fly to Chicago, drive to WI, IN, MI and back (6hr) 48hr total
  • Fly to KC, drive to Omaha throu KS and IA (4.5hr) 52.5 hr total
  • Fly to Fargo, drive through MN to SD (2 hr) 54.5 hr total

I am sure this could be performed more efficiently. If you add in airport processing and traffic/construction - then 72 hours should be the best you can do.
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Old 07-22-2017, 08:06 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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Old 07-23-2017, 04:27 AM
Location: Chicago
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You had a verical landing jet like the guy below me said and didn't land in airports.
You'd land on borders where 2,3, or 4 states meet to cut down thr landings.
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Old 07-23-2017, 05:36 PM
Location: Alexandria, Commonwealth of Virginia
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Not possible. I don't think it's even possible with 48 hours.
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Old 07-26-2017, 09:43 AM
Location: Bel Air, California
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you could hit all 48 while driving in a little under 5 days, would think that flying would be a snap in 48 hours...probable 24 by drinking a lot of Red Bull.

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Old 07-26-2017, 09:53 AM
Location: Arvada, CO
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Originally Posted by Felt38 View Post
[*]Fly to Lewiston, Id, drive to Clarkston, WA (1.5hr) 5.0 hr total
You could probably do that one in 1/2 hour round trip. Granted, Clarkston is nothing like what most people think WA is like.
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