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An international team of aviators led by a British pilot has set a new record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe.

Pilot Hamish Harding, of St John's Wood, London, and NASA astronaut Colonel Terry Virts travelled 24,966 miles in 46 hours, 39 minutes and 38 seconds.

The pair smashed the previous record of 54 hours, seven minutes and 12 seconds in their Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER.

Averaging 534.97mph the pair now hold the world record for the fastest journey around the world via the north and south poles.
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