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March 1, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
June 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
AUSTRALIA * U.S. millionaire Steve Fossett launched his Spirit of Freedom hot-air balloon from the Australian outback in his sixth solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Fossett, 58, a former Chicago stockbroker, has twice crashed trying to fly around Earth.
October 11, 2001 | From Associated Press
American adventurer Steve Fossett and the crew of his 125-foot catamaran PlayStation sliced nearly two days off a transatlantic sailing record as they arrived Wednesday off the British coast. Fossett and the crew of his ultra-light, carbon-fiber catamaran set out from New York on Friday. Crossing the finish line at Cornwall's Lizard peninsula, Fossett was timed in at 4 days, 17 hours, 28 minutes, 6 seconds.
August 18, 2001 | From Associated Press
Balloonist Steve Fossett knows something about luck, and when not to push it. After bouncing between thunderstorms across South America, the millionaire adventurer set his balloon down in a cattle ranch in southern Brazil on Friday, abandoning--halfway to his goal--his latest attempt to float around the globe. With more bad weather looming in the South Atlantic, Fossett aborted his flight about 150 miles from the ocean. Going down in the water is far more dangerous than doing so on land.
August 16, 2001 | Times Wire Services
U.S. balloonist Steve Fossett has broken the world record for duration of a solo balloon flight, but the real prize of completing a round-the-globe journey was still distant Wednesday. Fossett was traveling 25 mph about 26,000 feet above the South Pacific, 250 miles from Chile, as of midafternoon local time. He was expected to cross the Chilean coast later Wednesday or early today and then would need about 12 hours to cross the Andes mountains.
August 14, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett predicted that he would float over the Andes with ease in his bid to become the first person to circle the world alone in a balloon. On the ninth day of his voyage, the millionaire was drifting east across the Pacific toward the Chilean shore 1,200 miles away. Fossett, 57, said he would have no trouble gaining the height he needs.
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