Just for the hell of it, Victor Kovens, 67, flew around the world for world’s record

(I admire anyone who attempts something audacious just because.)

OWING MILLS, Md. – Abbey Victor Kovens, a Baltimore travel agent who during the 1970s circled the world in record time, earning him a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records, died Wednesday of complications from heart disease at his Owings Mills home.

Kovens and his travel partner had to meet two criteria that had been established by Norris McWhirter, editor of the London-based Guinness Book of World Records: The flight would have to cover at least the distance around the equator: 24,920 miles. And it would have to involve two points that are exactly on opposite sides of the world.

“After much study, we found that about the only such points — with commercial airports — were Lima, Peru, and Bangkok, Thailand,” Mr. Kovens told The Evening Sun at the time.

At 12:20 p.m. May 16, after a nine-hour flight from Philadelphia, the two men boarded a plane in Lima.

(This story appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Feb. 18, 2012. Read the rest here.)

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