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Fossett breaks record for farthest non-stop flight[

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posted on Feb, 11 2006 @ 01:30 PM
The twenty-year-old record for the longest continuous flight has been broken by Steve Fossett, 61. He was forced to land early because of electrical problems


Adventurer Steve Fossett completed the longest nonstop flight in aviation history Saturday after journeying around the globe—and then some—in about 80 hours, but 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 force to land at Bournemouth International Airport, in southern England, instead of at a military air strip in nearby Kent because of generator problems.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

This is quite an accomplishment and the science that made this possible will most certainly influence other more practical areas, eventually.

[edit on 2006/2/11 by GradyPhilpott]


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