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Fossett Breaks Flight Distance Record
BY DEREK KRAVITZ, Associated Press Writer ^ | 11th February 2006 | BY DEREK KRAVITZ, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 02/11/2006 10:28:00 AM PST by protest1

BY DEREK KRAVITZ, Associated Press Writer 5 minutes ago

MANSTON, England - Adventurer Steve Fossett completed the longest nonstop flight in aviation history Saturday, flying 26,389 miles in about 76 hours, but he had to land early because of mechanical problems.

Ground control said Fossett, 61, broke the airplane distance record of 24,987 miles while his lightweight experimental plane was flying over Shannon, Ireland.

He then was forced to land the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer at Bournemouth International Airport, in southern England, instead of at a military air strip in nearby Kent because of generator problems.

The millionaire adventurer completed his journey around the globe — and then some — over 3 1/2 days despite losing about 750 pounds of fuel during his takeoff Tuesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida because of a leak.

The plane's ventilation system also malfunctioned midway through the trip, causing temperatures in the 7-foot cockpit to rise to as much as 130 degrees. Fossett was forced to drink a large part of his water supply earlier than planned because of the heat, his flight team said.

Weak winds over the Atlantic and severe turbulence over India — which, at one point, forced Fossett to strap on a parachute — prompted fears Fossett would have to ditch his record-breaking attempt in Newfoundland.

Instead, his flight team altered his projected route, having Fossett cross Florida, where he had begun his nonstop journey Wednesday, and take a southerly path on the flight's last leg to take advantage of better winds.

Early Saturday, Fossett decided to try to finish the trip after reaching the middle of the Atlantic.

His voyage broke the airplane distance record of 24,987 miles set in 1986 by the lightweight Voyager aircraft piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, as well as the balloon record of 25,361 miles set by Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard in 1999.

Fossett already holds the record for flying solo around the globe in a balloon and for being the first person to circle the globe solo in a plane without stopping or refueling. That flight last year lasted 67 hours and was hampered by a fuel leak.

While in the air, Fossett took power naps no longer than five minutes each and drank a steady diet of milkshakes. His plane was equipped with a parachute pack holding a one-man raft and a satellite rescue beacon.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: adventure; aviation; flight; fossett; stevefossett; virginatlantic; worldrecord
Congratulations Steve Fossett!
1 posted on 02/11/2006 10:28:01 AM PST by protest1
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To: protest1

Adveturer Steve Fossett is helped out of the aircraft upon landing after declaring an emergency after a loss of electrical power at Bournemouth, England, Saturday, Feb 11, 2006. Fossett completed the longest nonstop flight in aviation history Saturday after flying around the globe _ and then some _ in roughly 80 hours. Fossett, 61, was forced to land his lightweight experimental plane, Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer, at Bournemouth International Airport, in southern England, instead of his planned landing point in nearby Kent, after encountering generator problems. Ground control said he broke the distance record of 24,987 miles (40,210 kilometers), set in 1986, as he flew over Shannon, Ireland. Fossett flew 26,389.3 miles (42,467.5 kilometers) in approximately 76 hours, his ground team said. (AP Photo, Pool)


2 posted on 02/11/2006 10:31:12 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: protest1

how do you use the bathroom in those conditions?


3 posted on 02/11/2006 10:31:21 AM PST by mfnorman
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To: protest1

4 posted on 02/11/2006 10:32:11 AM PST by gopwinsin04
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To: NormsRevenge

Steve Fossett, right, is welcomed by Richard Branson after landing safely after declaring an emergency following a loss of electrical power at Bournemouth, England, Saturday, Feb 11, 2006. ... (AP Photo, Ben Stansall, Pool)


5 posted on 02/11/2006 10:33:05 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: mfnorman
It Dependstm
6 posted on 02/11/2006 10:34:13 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("If I were a Cuban, I'd certainly be on a raft," Isane Aparicio Busto)
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To: gopwinsin04

Adveturer Steve Fossett lands safely after declaring an emergency after a loss of electrical power at Bournemouth, England, Saturday, Feb 11, 2006. ... (AP Photo, Pool)


7 posted on 02/11/2006 10:34:16 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: protest1

Sweet!


8 posted on 02/11/2006 10:36:42 AM PST by Socratic
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To: protest1
Power naps?

One can only guess what they are fueled with.





9 posted on 02/11/2006 10:37:05 AM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: NormsRevenge

This Steve Fossett dude is one interesting mofo, lol,! He is lucky to be alive. Good for him!


10 posted on 02/11/2006 10:37:50 AM PST by meanie monster (http://guptonator.myvideochat.net)
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To: protest1
TIME MARCHES ON!

HISTORY! YOU GOTTA LOVE IT!

11 posted on 02/11/2006 10:42:27 AM PST by JOE6PAK (...diagonally parked in a parallel universe.)
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To: protest1

They had a whole lot of problems. Are we sure it isn't really a government operation?


12 posted on 02/11/2006 10:42:45 AM PST by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: Moonman62
They had a whole lot of problems. Are we sure it isn't really a government operation?

Problems occur geometrically over time. So this is actually very impressive.

13 posted on 02/11/2006 10:44:25 AM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: Moonman62

He had fuel leak problems prior to take off. Too bad the problem wasn't chased down properly.


14 posted on 02/11/2006 10:46:47 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Moonman62

He succeeded... does that answer your question? ;)


15 posted on 02/11/2006 10:47:22 AM PST by protest1
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To: JOE6PAK

This record did bring that to mind especially as it was a solo flight.

http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com/


16 posted on 02/11/2006 10:50:24 AM PST by protest1
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To: protest1
...millionaire adventurer...

Class-envy AP jerks. Like somebody on welfare is going to try this...

17 posted on 02/11/2006 10:56:30 AM PST by D-Chivas
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To: protest1

Mileage at Shannon Ireland =24987
Mileage at bournemouth england = 26389

It can't possibly be 1,400 miles between them! So, where'd he go in the meantime?


18 posted on 02/11/2006 11:03:08 AM PST by aShepard (Have Gun, Will Travel!)
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To: freedumb2003
Problems occur geometrically over time. So this is actually very impressive.

Seem to me they occur exponentially with time.

19 posted on 02/11/2006 11:11:45 AM PST by corkoman
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To: corkoman
Seem to me they occur exponentially with time.

I stand corrected. This is a case in point -- with all the posts I have done, a glitch was bound to happen!!! ;)

20 posted on 02/11/2006 11:22:04 AM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: protest1


How many frequent fly miles did he rack up?


21 posted on 02/11/2006 11:24:54 AM PST by TWohlford
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To: NormsRevenge

Richard Branson is a credit to the British. I think he epitomizes The "American Dream", and he ain't even 'merican!


22 posted on 02/11/2006 11:50:11 AM PST by Paradox (Liberalism is Narcissism.)
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To: Paradox
I think he epitomizes The "American Dream", and he ain't even 'merican!

He's American at heart. ;-)

23 posted on 02/11/2006 11:56:45 AM PST by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: mfnorman

Depends....


24 posted on 02/11/2006 11:57:53 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: NormsRevenge

Just for the record, to properly understand this group, visit the Smithsonian Air And Space Museum on the mall and the Annex at Dulles. To actually see these historical craft and marvel at their smallness gives the adventure a new perspective.


25 posted on 02/11/2006 12:01:24 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: protest1

Funny.

While scrolling FR for news stories, I say your post... while listening to the song "Get Here" ("You can reach me by a big balloon...")


26 posted on 02/11/2006 1:28:33 PM PST by Mr. Brightside (Me? I'm just a lawn mower.)
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To: D-Chivas

It's called labelling. Sort of like saying "A**hole reporters".


27 posted on 02/11/2006 1:42:07 PM PST by GungaLaGunga
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To: protest1

Steve Fossett has balls the size of cantalopes. His around-the-world sailing gigs were dangerous enough. The world's greatest adventurer bar none.


28 posted on 02/11/2006 1:44:03 PM PST by GungaLaGunga
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To: aShepard
It can't possibly be 1,400 miles between them! So, where'd he go in the meantime?

Probably stuck by approach control in a holding pattern.

< ]B^)

29 posted on 02/11/2006 3:47:56 PM PST by Erasmus (One fine day, sad to say, we'll all be Democrat voters.)
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To: Aeronaut; Tijeras_Slim; FireTrack; Pukin Dog; citabria; B Knotts; kilowhskey; cyphergirl; ...
I've pinged your aviation list, Aero.

30 posted on 02/11/2006 4:09:41 PM PST by IonImplantGuru (Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.)
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To: GungaLaGunga

I don't think so. Too heavy for the mission. As to the other question, I suspect he had a one of those men's urinal bottles you get in hospitals that he emptied occasionally over unpopulated regions.


31 posted on 02/11/2006 6:18:33 PM PST by The Westerner
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To: protest1

Well done, Steve.


32 posted on 02/11/2006 8:11:07 PM PST by hattend (Muslims are the only people who make feminists seem laid-back. - Ann Coulter)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; FairOpinion; tricky_k_1972; KevinDavis
other source:
Fossett Sets Flight Distance Record
by Guy Gugliotta
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 12, 2006; Page A18
The flight, which began at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 7:22 a.m. (Eastern time) Wednesday, lasted 76 hours and 45 minutes and covered 26,389.3 miles, the GlobalFlyer Web site said, more than 1,000 miles farther than the flight of the balloon Breitling Orbiter 3 in 1999.

33 posted on 02/12/2006 7:51:13 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Islam is medieval fascism, and the Koran is a medieval Mein Kampf.)
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To: Coleus
also from their website:
Help us fight childhood blindness
Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer: Charity
Over half a million children go blind each year - yet the medical and scientific knowledge to prevent and cure most cases of childhood blindness already exists.  But the skills and technology are concentrated in the richer countries whilst the need is concentrated in the poorer ones.

34 posted on 02/12/2006 7:55:30 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Islam is medieval fascism, and the Koran is a medieval Mein Kampf.)
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To: aShepard
With the altitude he was cruising at he probably swung way pasted the target while descending. A plane with wings like that, empty on fuel, takes some time to get down.
35 posted on 02/13/2006 8:21:13 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: protest1
"Early Saturday, Fossett decided to try to finish the trip after reaching the middle of the Atlantic.

Duh.

Cordially,

36 posted on 02/13/2006 8:26:48 AM PST by Diamond
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Mileage at Shannon Ireland =24987 Mileage at bournemouth england = 26389

It can't possibly be 1,400 miles between them! So, where'd he go in the meantime?

I checked and they're about 330 miles apart. Beats me why he couldn't get to his intended destination in Kent if he had an extra thousand miles to play with.

37 posted on 02/13/2006 8:41:26 AM PST by Sloth (Archaeologists test for intelligent design all the time.)
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