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.
June 20, 2002 |
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 |
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 |
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 14, 2001 |
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.
August 13, 2001 |
U.S. balloonist Steve Fossett drifted by Chile's mysterious Easter Island in the remote South Pacific, completing a third of his planned solo voyage around the world. The island, known for its hundreds of giant stone sculptures, is one of the most isolated inhabited areas of the planet, more than 2,000 miles off the Chilean coast. Fossett's mission control in St. Louis said that the 57-year-old adventurer could see the lights of the island as he passed overhead.
August 10, 2001 |
Steve Fossett drifted slowly across the South Pacific, at least four days away from the coast of Chile but on the best path available in his quest to become the first person to fly around the world in a balloon alone, according to his control center in St. Louis. The millionaire former stockbroker had picked up speed and was traveling at 45 to 50 miles per hour at an altitude of 19,500 feet. Fossett took off from western Australia on Sunday.
June 18, 2001 |
Steve Fossett's dream of becoming the first person to fly a balloon solo around the world was deflated again when the American millionaire's balloon was ripped in gusting wind during inflation in western Australia. The 57-year-old former stockbroker-turned-adventurer said the damage to the Solo Spirit balloon was too great to allow another attempt this year. He hinted at the launch site in the outback mining town of Kalgoorlie that he might give up the goal altogether.