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.
April 15, 2006 |
A British adventurer's attempt to walk around the world was in jeopardy after a Russian court ordered him deported for entering the country illegally. Russian officials told Karl Bushby he would not be permitted to return for at least five years, a development that would end his quest, said Bushby's father, Keith. Keith Bushby said his son would appeal. Karl Bushby, 37, has walked 17,000 miles since he began his trip on Nov. 1, 1998. He was detained after crossing the frozen Bering Strait.
March 3, 2005 |
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett decided Wednesday night to press ahead with his attempt to fly around the world solo without refueling, despite a serious problem earlier in the day with the plane's fuel system. Fossett and his flight crew agreed to keep the Global- Flyer in the air rather than abandoning the record-setting attempt and setting down in Hawaii. He discovered the problem with the fuel system of the custom-built plane early Wednesday.
August 12, 1998 |
U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett headed across the Indian Ocean, trying to find an altitude that would carry him neither too far north nor south to reach Australia in his bid to become the first to fly around the world nonstop in a balloon. Fossett, a 54-year-old financial markets millionaire, was 800 miles southeast of Cape Town, South Africa, at 24,574 feet, a spokesman for his St. Louis-based team said. He had traversed 6,778 miles since leaving Argentina Friday.
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.