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2005-07-03 18:15:59

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...

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2005-07-03 11:02:42

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) -- American adventurers Steve Fossett and Mark Rebholz took off Saturday in an attempt to retrace a record-setting flight across the Atlantic made 86 years earlier. Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927, traveling nonstop from the United States to France. But eight years before that, the team of John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown became the first ever to fly the ocean in a flight from Newfoundland to Ireland. Millionaire...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'