January 8, 1996 |
A U.S. securities dealer-turned-adventurer hopes to lift off from a dry riverbed in South Dakota today in a bid to become the first person to circumnavigate the globe by balloon. Steve Fossett, 51, who last year became the first to cross the Pacific Ocean solo in a balloon, hopes to make his nonstop global journey in 16 to 21 days. "We're going. We expect a launch," Bo Kemper, spokesman for the project, said from his office in Chicago.
January 11, 1996 |
Tired, cold, off course and out of power, an American millionaire landed roughly in a field Wednesday after aborting his bid to become the first person to circle the Earth nonstop in a balloon. Steve Fossett had lifted off from South Dakota's Black Hills early Monday and rapidly encountered extreme cold, a dead heater and trouble with his autopilot system.
January 10, 1996 |
An adventurer trying to be the first to circle Earth in a balloon reached the Atlantic coast Tuesday after a cold first night with a cranky space heater that almost forced him to abandon the flight. "We're off into the Atlantic," Steve Fossett radioed from above Virginia. His course was likely to take him to Spain, spokesman Bo Kemper said from the expedition's headquarters at Loyola University of Chicago.
December 26, 1994 |
Another attempt to launch the first manned balloon flight around the world is scheduled Thursday, project organizers said. The Earthwinds Hilton crew plans to begin preparations Tuesday for a Thursday morning launch from Reno Stead Airfield. "We really have high hopes and confidence we're going to go a long ways," said crew member Dave Melton. Fickle weather thwarted a Dec. 16 attempt just 18 hours before the scheduled liftoff.
February 15, 1992 |
The Earthwinds around-the-world balloon could not be launched on schedule because it was too windy. The wind at the Akron, Ohio, launching site was too strong and moving in the wrong direction, causing concern that the balloon might be blown into the dock, Earthwinds spokesman William G. Armstrong said. He said the ascension would not likely take place for four or five days.
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November 2, 1990 |
They figure they've almost got the record for an around-the-world bicycle ride locked up. So four robbery-plagued members of a Soviet-American cycling team launched the final leg of their globe-circling trip Thursday in Los Angeles by looking for a way to lock up their bikes. "I think our first stop from here will be at a hardware store to buy a steel cable," said Steve Buettner, 25, of Roseville, Minn. "We've become more cautious as we've gone along."
November 27, 1990 |
Two American and two Soviet bicyclists completed their round-the-world trek Monday, rolling up to the steps of the Minnesota state Capitol to the cheers and applause of dozens of well-wishers. Brothers Dan and Steve Buettner, of the St. Paul area, and their Soviet companions, Volodya Kovalenko and Alexander Razumenko, traveled 13,000 miles in eight months.
June 19, 1991 |
McDonnell Douglas Corp. is going to provide a lift to an airline pilot, a British tycoon and a Soviet cosmonaut who are trying to become the first people to fly nonstop around the world in a hot-air balloon. The company's Space Systems Co. subsidiary in Huntington Beach said Tuesday that it will allow pilot-balloonist Larry Newman, who has crossed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in a balloon, to test equipment at its labs in preparation for the historic trip this November.
April 30, 1991 |
Isabelle Autissier of France was the first woman to finish in an around-the-world solo yacht race in Newport, R.I., placing sixth. Mike Plant, fourth overall, completed the 27,000-mile race in the fastest time ever by an American in an around-the-world race--132 days 20 hours 1 minute 2 seconds.
June 18, 1988 |
A British man set off Friday in an attempt to become the first person to row solo around the world. Geoff Cooper, 36, rowed away from this Cornish port in his 16-foot boat Water Rat I. He said he hopes to complete the 36,000-mile voyage in three years. In 1986, Cooper's attempt ended after just 36 hours when he injured a wrist.