May 8, 1998 |
Three pilots on Thursday unveiled plans to use a NASA-designed helium balloon, thin as a sandwich bag and nearly as tall as the Empire State Building, to circle the globe at the edge of space. The three men plan to lift off from Australia in late December or early January and cruise at an altitude of about 130,000 feet. Riding in a space capsule, the trio will cruise about 80,000 feet higher than any manned balloon has ever attempted. No balloonist has ever successfully circled the Earth.
January 18, 1997 |
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett finally got permission Friday to fly over Libya but his crew said the delay could still jeopardize his round-the-world balloon flight. The 52-year-old Chicago securities trader had been forced to decrease altitude to avoid Libya during the negotiations, losing speed and wasting fuel. As he crossed Niger on Friday, his crew said the delay may have hurt his chances of becoming the first balloonist to circle the globe nonstop.
January 15, 1997 |
Sweeping along on powerful and brutally cold jet-stream winds, millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett headed across the Atlantic on Tuesday on his quest to become the first balloonist to circle the Earth nonstop. The 52-year-old Fossett, who lifted off from Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Monday night, was over the Atlantic Ocean 120 miles east of the North Carolina coast by Tuesday afternoon and said all was well despite overnight problems with one of two heaters.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.