Fossett to go for aviation distance record

July 29, 2005 at 3:13 PM
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OSHKOSH, Wis., July 29 (UPI) -- Chicago adventurer Steve Fossett, who flew non-stop solo around the world in March, is going after the aviation distance record for his next feat.

The millionaire former securities trader and his partner millionaire businessman Richard Branson said Fossett plans to leave Salina, Kan., early next year, circumnavigate the globe and land near London, a record-breaking, non-stop flight of 29,000 miles.

If he is successful, he would eclipse the current non-stop flight record of 24,987 miles by more than 4,000 miles, WLS-TV, Chicago, said.

Fossett, 60, holds a number of aviation, glider, sailing and ballooning records but calls the 90-hour undertaking "the ultimate flight" and an endurance challenge.

He again will fly solo in the Burt Rutan-designed experimental, ultra-light, single-turbojet engine Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer that carried him 20,373 miles earlier this year.

The current aviation distance record was set by Rutan's Voyager in 1986.

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