February 7, 2006 |
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett sets out today for what he hopes will be the longest nonstop flight ever made by an aircraft. Fossett, 61, who already holds piloting, ballooning, sailing and other endurance records, was not entirely confident about his planned 80-hour trip into the record books. "It will be very close," Fossett said. He planned to take off from Kennedy Space Center's 15,000-foot-long shuttle runway.
July 4, 2005 |
American adventurer Steve Fossett and his co-pilot flew a biplane across the Atlantic, commemorating the first such flight 86 years ago by British pilots John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown. Fossett and antique-airplane enthusiast Mark Rebholz operated a custom-built replica Vickers Vimy, the type of aircraft the British pilots flew in 1919. Both crews flew from Newfoundland to Clifden in western Ireland using compasses and sextants for navigation.
March 4, 2005 |
Adventurer Steve Fossett piloted his Global- Flyer to a picture-perfect landing here Thursday 67 hours after taking off, becoming the first pilot to circle the globe nonstop, alone and without refueling. Fossett stayed awake by drinking a dozen chocolate protein milkshakes as he set several world records on his more than 23,000-mile mission, registering as the fastest nonstop flight around the world.
March 2, 2005 |
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett raced across the skies above Pakistan on Tuesday in his bid to become the first person to fly a plane around the globe solo, nonstop and without refueling. His experimental single- engine GlobalFlyer had consumed 25% of its 18,000 pounds of fuel, while Fossett had downed at least three diet chocolate milkshakes, he said in a call from the plane. He took off after sunset Monday from Salina.
March 1, 2005 |
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett took off from Salina Municipal Airport on his attempt to become the first person to complete a nonstop solo trip around the world in an airplane. Fossett, 60, the first person to circle the globe solo in a balloon nonstop, hopes to complete the journey in his jet GlobalFlyer in 66 hours. Fossett's craft consists of a 7-foot-long pressurized, cigar-shaped cabin suspended beneath a single Williams turbofan jet engine.
April 6, 2004 |
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett and a crew of 12 set a speed record for sailing around the world, cutting nearly six days off the previous mark. Fossett's 125-foot catamaran crossed the finish line at the island of Ouessant near France's Brittany coast after 58 days, 9 hours, 32 minutes and 45 seconds. The World Sailing Speed Record Council said it still must review the boat's logs.
July 4, 2002 |
Steve Fossett landed his Spirit of Freedom balloon early today in the Australian outback, finally ending his record-setting trip around the world. Associated Press photographer Rob Griffith, who was flying overhead, saw Fossett touch down on a remote cattle ranch about 725 miles northwest of Sydney. The capsule bumped along the ground for about 15 minutes before it stopped.
July 3, 2002 |
After failing five times and nearly losing his life in the process, American adventurer Steve Fossett on Tuesday became the first person to fly around the world solo in a hot-air balloon--and when he succeeded, he had to celebrate alone. After spending 13 1/2 days floating six miles above Earth's surface in an unpressurized gondola smaller than a prison cell, the 58-year-old multimillionaire finally succeeded on his sixth attempt at the record. He floated over Kalgoorlie, Australia, at 6:40 a.m.
July 2, 2002 |
AUSTRALIA * Adventurer Steve Fossett raced high over the icy southern Indian Ocean and closed in on his goal of being the first person to fly a balloon solo around the planet. Flying as high as a commercial airliner at speeds of more than 100 mph, the 58-year-old U.S. millionaire was attempting to clear his last obstacle by riding over the top of a snowy storm system. His control center in St. Louis said he was expected to reach the southwestern tip of Australia by midmorning PDT.