July 3, 2005

Dare-devils pull off reenactment of 1919 flight

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett andhis co-pilot landed safely in western Ireland on Sunday afterre-enacting the first trans-Atlantic flight made more than 80years ago.

Fossett and co-pilot Mark Rebholz left Newfoundland onSaturday night in a replica of the Vickers Vimy aircraft usedby British pilots John Alcock and Arthur Brown to cross theAtlantic in 1919.

The wooden biplane touched down in Clifden, County Galway,in mid-afternoon.

Adhering to the spirit of the original flight, the pairflew without satellite or lights and navigated by the stars andthe moon.

A spokeswoman for the two, Rosemary Dawson, said the pairwere overwhelmed by the experience. "They were speechless ...they could barely walk, their legs were like jelly," she toldIrish state radio.

The flight had been completed in around 20 hours -- thesame as the original, she added.

Last year Fossett, who holds world records in a number ofsports including balloons, sailboats and gliders, made thefirst solo non-stop round the world aircraft flight.