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.
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.