MOJAVE — The crew of the aircraft Voyager fought fatigue and head winds Saturday as they passed the two-day mark in a planned 4 1/2-day flight to test the craft's airworthiness for a nonstop unrefueled flight around the world.
The two-engine lightweight aircraft took off at 2:52 p.m. Thursday and began flying up and down the California coast. Its longest previous test was 24 hours.
Co-pilot Jeana Yeager took the controls Saturday morning after sleeping in the cramped cockpit while pilot Dick Rutan flew the craft overnight.
Needs More Sleep
Voyager spokesman Pete Riva said Rutan battled fatigue during the night as he flew the plane. "I feel really good, but know I'll need sleep for tonight. I would not like to spend another night feeling tired," Riva quoted Rutan as saying.