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SCI/TECH: Fossett Has Completed His Round The World Flight

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posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 01:47 PM
Overcoming fuel problems Steve Fossett has become the first man to fly nonstop in a jet powered aircraft around the world. This is a developing story and few details are available.
(CNN) -- Pilot Steve Fossett has become the first person to fly solo nonstop round-the-world. His plane, the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, touched down Thursday afternoon in Salina, Kansas, more than 66 hours after he lifted off from the same spot.

With a crowd and marching band to greet him, Fossett landed at Salina Municipal Airport around 2:49 p.m. ET.

The flight wasn't without drama.

The 60-year-old pilot and his team considered abandoning the trip when they were over Hawaii on Wednesday because the experimental plane came up about 2,600 pounds of fuel short after taking off on Monday. He decided to press on because of favorable tail

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This is an amazing feat and yet another coup for the genius that is Burt Rutan. Kudos to him and his whole design team. He truly is the Kelly Jhonson of this era in aviation.

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[edit on 3/3/05 by FredT]

posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 06:26 PM
Yes, truely, I was reading up on his current status, and the fact that he did this, just proves that he is one hell of an aviator.

He was also sponsored by Virgin Atlantic, Richard Branson always making the right decisions!

I still think that the Virgin Galactic Trips are way too pricey.

Shattered OUT...

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