January 9, 2004 |
With laser-light glitz typically reserved for rock concerts, maverick British billionaire Richard Branson unveiled his latest big venture here Thursday: a Star Trek-like aircraft that will attempt to fly nonstop around the world in 80 hours. The GlobalFlyer, resembling a flying catamaran and powered by a single jet engine, will attempt to break what Branson called the "last great aviation record left here on Earth," as it circumnavigates the globe with a single pilot and a single load of fuel.
January 17, 1996 |
By today, Steve Fossett planned to be high over India drifting toward China, halfway around the world in the first nonstop circumnavigation by balloon. Instead, he is back home in Colorado reflecting on his two days of troubled flight, down to earth and happy to be alive. At dawn nine days ago, Solo Challenger, Fossett's 200-foot-tall hot air and helium balloon, was a magnificent sight as it rose silently out of the Strato Bowl, a natural crater near Rapid City, S.D.
March 21, 1999 |
Balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones in their shimmering silver Breitling Orbiter 3 descended safely today in a remote Egyptian oasis, completing the dream of becoming the first balloonists ever to circle the globe and accomplishing the longest nonstop flight ever without refueling. Their 9-ton, helium-and-hot-air craft, nearly as tall as a 20-story building, achieved the goal of circumnavigation that had eluded balloonists in at least 17 attempts since 1981.
May 13, 2002 |
How many of you working stiffs, like me, stay freeze-dried to your office seats each day while dreaming of the Great Escape? You know, handing back the 9-to-5 job, thank you, selling the house, cashing in the 401(k) and risking that grand global adventure? If you're weak-willed like me (my wife would say--aaaack!--responsible), you submerge your wanderlust by reading travelogues and adventure novels while slouching off each summer on a three-week, over-in-a-heartbeat international vacation.
July 23, 1989 |
Eleven-year-old Tony Aliengena landed his plane at John Wayne Airport on Saturday, after a sometimes treacherous 21,567-mile odyssey which made him the youngest pilot to circumnavigate the globe. The fourth-grader from San Juan Capistrano performed a low fly-by for a welcoming crowd of about 100, then bought the borrowed Cessna 210 Centurion to a landing by a red carpet on the airstrip where he and his family departed June 5. Tony's 2:28 p.m.
July 20, 1989 |
With the spotlight focused squarely on his son's efforts to circumnavigate the globe, Gary Aliengena has remained largely in the background during the "Friendship Flight" of the boy aviator, 11-year-old Tony Aliengena. Until now. The crash of the expedition's plane during takeoff Tuesday evening from a remote Alaskan airstrip with the elder Aliengena at the controls has suddenly thrust the 39-year-old real estate investor onto center stage.
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.
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March 19, 1999 |
Still on a roll after nearly three years and 15,000 miles, Fabrice Gropaiz coasted to a stop Thursday on the Santa Monica Pier to end a trip around the world on in-line skates. The 28-year-old Frenchman, who undertook the unique journey to raise money for AIDS research, chronicled his trip for thousands of readers by filing periodic updates and photographs on the Internet.
February 23, 1992 |
After two failed launch attempts, the Earthwinds around-the-world balloon flight was postponed Saturday until November, organizers said. Weather conditions were never just right to start the journey of the high-tech, hourglass-shaped twin balloons. Launch attempts early Saturday and on Feb. 14 were scrubbed because it was too windy, project spokesman William G. Armstrong Jr. said. The three crew members of Earthwinds have been waiting for weeks to attempt the flight.
March 13, 1987
Voyager pilots Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager received official certification Thursday of their record-breaking December flight, non-stop around the world without refueling. The Federation Aeronautique Internationale, which certifies all aviation speed, altitude and distance records, established the distance traveled by the Mojave-based pilots during their nine-day flight last December at 24,987 miles. In accepting the award in Los Angeles, Rutan, 48, said: "You can only do what you dream about.