June 20, 1998 |
A three-man U.S.-British team announced plans Friday to attempt the first nonstop, around-the-world balloon flight. The team will be headed by Jacques Soukup, a South Dakotan who lives in England.
January 10, 1998 |
Two balloonists parachuted into a cactus-studded pasture Friday after a tear doomed their round-the-world quest just an hour after launch. The pilotless balloon, laden with explosive fuel, floated east for about eight hours before landing in Texas. Dick Rutan and Dave Melton, hoping to become the first to fly nonstop round the world in a balloon, parachuted in 45-mph winds Friday morning. They landed a quarter-mile apart about 13 miles southeast of the town of Vaughn, N.M.
January 6, 1998 |
Steve Fossett ended his fourth attempt to pilot a balloon nonstop around the world, stymied by uncooperative wind, low fuel and equipment problems that left him shivering. The Chicago commodities trader, 53, took off from St. Louis on Wednesday. After flying about a third of the way, he decided to land after crossing the Black Sea. He came down smoothly about 50 miles north of Krasnodar.
January 5, 1998 |
Steve Fossett's quest to become the first person to pilot a balloon around the world nonstop was in jeopardy Sunday, plagued by low winds and heater malfunctions that left him shivering in his cockpit. It is "very unlikely" Fossett will complete his trip, Alan Blount, mission control director, said Sunday afternoon. "Steve is very cold. . . . I honestly don't know the duration of this flight," Blount added.
January 2, 1998 |
One day into his quest to become the first balloonist to circle the globe, Steve Fossett was traveling about 80 mph at 22,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, about 70 miles southeast of Bermuda. He is expected to reach Europe by Saturday. "Everything looks to be in flawless condition," said Alan Blount, "mission control" director in St. Louis. "I think our odds are increasing that this thing's going to succeed."
January 1, 1998 |
The pursuit of one of aviation's last frontiers--flying a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop--is suddenly a head-to-head race. Two competing balloonists were to begin the exhausting, exhilarating and dangerous 20,000-mile journey Wednesday evening. In St. Louis, millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett lifted off at 5:05 p.m. from Busch Stadium, his shiny silver balloon shimmering against the white backdrop of the snow-covered ballpark. It will be his fourth attempt to circle the globe.