Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Fossett Airborne

Steve Fossett’s experimental aircraft with a 114’ wing span just took off from the Kennedy Space Center for a grueling 27,000 mile – more-than-round-the-world trip that will require 3 ½ days before landing in London.

If successful, Fossett would break the previous airplane record of 24,987 miles set in 1986 by the Voyager aircraft piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager. He would also break the balloon record of 25,361 miles set by the Breitling Orbiter 3 in 1999.