But, on the way back you were flying against the rotation of the Earth, so there's that...Back in 1982, I attended the US Navy's 3rd Annual Photo Reconnaissance Derby working with the judging team.
We flew from Naval Air Facility, Washington, DC to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada on a Navy C-9 - the flight took about 4 hours.
After two weeks of contesting by 15 squadrons (5 F-14/TARPS, 2 RF-8G, 3 Marine RF-4, 5 USAFR RF-4), the winners - Marine, USAFR, Navy RF-8G were given their trophies.
We returned to NAF Washington by C-118. The trip took nearly 10 hours airtime. We stopped near St. Louis to refuel. Again in West Virginia. And vectored to South Carolina to avoid fog.
Finally arriving nearly 20 hours after leaving NAS Fallon.