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Regarding flight time, duty periods, or rest requirements, no current regulations would have specifically imposed limitations on this flight. This flight would have been operated as a private flight under 14 CFR 91 under today's regulations. The flight, duty, and rest requirements are specified only for certain commercial operations including airline, ...


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The flight you're referring to occurred in 1959. The Federal Aviation Agency, a precursor to the Federal Aviation Administration, had just been newly established in 1958, and hadn't drafted the rules you're referring to yet.


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As noted in the comments Crew Rest Periods are only applicable to commercial flights operating under part 121, 135 and 91K as per the FAA's regulation, specifically 14 CFR § 121.471. But it does not apply for flights strictly operating under part 91 which they likely were. You can make a case that they could have potentially been in violation of 14 CFR ...


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Venus (not a star, but often mentioned in this context), Arcturus, Vega, Rigel, Sirius, and several other very bright stars are visible in daylight from sea level when sky conditions are right -- if you know exactly where to look. Random stars are reportedly visible from within a deep enough hole (a well or mine shaft, for instance), because the bright ...


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SR-71 pilots saw the stars, but of course there is no account of the exact height, they started to see them. They were flying around at 80000 feet at some point in their mission profile. Basically you have to get above most of the atmosphere. So you should start to see stars above 43000 feet. Of course there are some other options, you see them during an ...


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"Scintillation" is the flickering of starlight due to the turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere through which the light passes. It is also known as stars "twinkling." The current version of the PHAK discusses a number of nighttime optical illusions, but not scintillation. It does discuss, however, autokinesis, which is a less well-known but similar illusion. ...


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