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Donger
02-08-2006, 11:10 AM
For the history/aircraft buffs.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060208/ap_on_re_us/fossett_flight;_ylt=AiHMoQWQN_Ko1YdZlK.C7DWs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MjBwMWtkBHNlYwM3MTg-

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Adventurer Steve Fossett shot down a three-mile runway in an experimental aircraft Wednesday and took off on an attempt to break a 20-year-old flight distance record.

Fossett's lightweight, glider-like airplane lifted off from a runway at
Kennedy Space Center normally used for space shuttle landings. It hit two birds during takeoff but wasn't damaged, said Jim Ball, a
NASA manager at the Kennedy Space Center. Once it was airborne, the plane's long, flexible wings lifted slightly upward.

"The roll was longer than we anticipated but that's why he wanted to use a 15,000-foot runway," Ball said.

Fossett's goal is a nearly 27,000-mile trip, once around the world and then across the Atlantic again, with a landing outside London.

If successful, the 3 1/2-day trip would break the previous airplane record of 24,987 miles set in 1986 by the Voyager aircraft piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager, as well as the balloon record of 25,361 miles set by the Breitling Orbiter 3 in 1999.

"Mountain climbing was my original sport ... and I've never tired from the satisfaction of getting to the top of a mountain," Fossett said in a recent interview.

A fuel leak Tuesday in Fossett's aircraft delayed his takeoff, but after a quick fix, the plane was ready to go again.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, it became the first experimental airplane built by the private sector to take off from Cape Canaveral.

During his 80 hours in the air, Fossett will take power naps no longer than five minutes each and drink a steady diet of nutritious milkshakes. His plane is equipped with a parachute pack holding a one-man raft and a satellite rescue beacon, just in case.

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 also was hampered by a fuel leak.

He is using the same plane, the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer, which has a 114-foot wing span, in his latest quest. Both ventures were financed by Virgin Atlantic Airways founder Richard Branson.

Donger
02-08-2006, 11:11 AM
Tracking page: http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com/MissionControl/Tracking/

Donger
02-08-2006, 05:06 PM
Made it over the Atlantic:

chefsos
02-08-2006, 05:27 PM
OK, somebody has to ask it: What about poop disposal at 45,000 feet?

Smed1065
02-08-2006, 05:51 PM
Well it Depends! :)

Donger
02-08-2006, 05:53 PM
OK, somebody has to ask it: What about poop disposal at 45,000 feet?

He will not poop during the flight.

Smed1065
02-08-2006, 06:20 PM
So you are saying he is going to be FOS when he lands.

4th and Long
02-08-2006, 06:22 PM
http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com/mapped_images/bsnc_460_350_38.jpg

Halfcan
02-08-2006, 08:33 PM
What a crazy SOB.

chefsos
02-08-2006, 08:45 PM
Libyans! I'm tellin' ya, a turd dropped from 45,000 feet will be like a mortar round.

chefsos
02-09-2006, 06:44 AM
Now that's kinda creepy. 4th and Long linked to the website pic, so the image in his post continues updating.

Over India now.

I guess I'll leave a snapshot here.

greg63
02-09-2006, 07:05 AM
Libyans! I'm tellin' ya, a turd dropped from 45,000 feet will be like a mortar round.


Heh, like the turd bomb in Joe Dirt. :D

Scaga
02-09-2006, 07:06 AM
Wouldn't this fall under the "who gives a $hit" category?

Rich SOBs with too much money.
:shake:

Halfcan
02-09-2006, 05:49 PM
WHere's he at now?

Brock
02-09-2006, 05:51 PM
Wouldn't this fall under the "who gives a $hit" category?

Rich SOBs with too much money.
:shake:

Sure, if you're a bitter loser. Me, I find great endeavors to be interesting.

Coogs
02-10-2006, 11:53 AM
He is back over the USA...

http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com/MissionControl/Tracking/

4th and Long
02-10-2006, 04:35 PM
He is back over the USA...

http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com/MissionControl/Tracking/
You don't need to read past post #8 to figure that out, :)

Donger
02-10-2006, 04:46 PM
http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com/mapped_images/bsnc_460_350_38.jpg

Thanks 4th.

I wonder if he's going to try it.