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2006-02-10 18:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Adventurer Steve Fossett on Friday altered his route over the Atlantic Ocean to make up for lost fuel and weak winds in his quest to break aviation's distance record. Fossett originally planned to fly his lightweight experimental plane on a northeasterly path across the Atlantic that would allow Newfoundland to serve as an emergency landing site. But the adjusted path has Fossett crossing Florida, where he began his nonstop trip early Wednesday, and taking a more...

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2006-02-10 06:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Adventurer Steve Fossett flew past the halfway point in his effort to break aviation's distance record, even as a fuel leak, soaring heat in the cockpit and weak winds jeopardized his quest. Fossett reached Japan - the midway mark of his expected 3 1/2-day trip - late Thursday and was flying in the Western Pacific jet streams early Friday. He faced severe turbulence over India in his lightweight experimental plane and other problems. Fossett's team had calculated that...

2006-02-08 14:32:57

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Millionaire U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett took off in an experimental plane on Wednesday on an 80-hour flight that he hopes will set a nonstop distance record. The GlobalFlyer aircraft, which has a wingspan as wide as an 11-story building is tall, lifted off around 7:20 a.m. (1220 GMT) after rolling ponderously down a rented runway used by NASA's space shuttles at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Fossett, 61, had initially...

2006-02-08 09:34:10

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett took off in an experimental plane on Wednesday on an 80-hour flight that he hopes will set a nonstop distance record. The GlobalFlyer aircraft, which has a wingspan as wide as an 11-story building is tall, lifted off around 7:20 a.m. after rolling ponderously down a rented runway used by NASA's space shuttles at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Fossett, 61, had initially planned to start the...

2006-02-08 07:50:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett took off in an experimental plane on Wednesday on an 80-hour flight that he hopes will set a nonstop distance record. The GlobalFlyer aircraft, which has a wingspan as wide as an 11-story building is tall, lifted off around 7:20 a.m. (1220 GMT) after rolling ponderously down a rented runway used by NASA's space shuttles at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Fossett, 61, had initially planned to start the...

2006-02-08 09:30:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett took off in an experimental plane on Wednesday on an 80-hour flight that he hopes will set a nonstop distance record. The GlobalFlyer aircraft, which has a wingspan as wide as an 11-story building is tall, lifted off around 7:20 a.m. after rolling ponderously down a rented runway used by NASA's space shuttles at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Fossett, 61, had initially planned to start the record-breaking...

2006-02-06 18:22:02

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) - Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett sets out on Tuesday for what he hopes to be the longest nonstop flight ever made by an aircraft. The 61-year-old Fossett, who already holds piloting, ballooning, sailing and other endurance records, was not entirely confident about his planned 80-hour trip into the record books. "It will be very close," Fossett told a preflight news conference. "I'm stretching the limits of the airplane." Fossett was to...

2006-02-05 15:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Steve Fossett, this era's Phileas Fogg, wants to do something not even the "Around the World in 80 Days" hero could contemplate: Fly around the globe - and then some - for more than three days without stopping. His goal is to break a 20-year-old record for longest flight. He plans to travel 27,012 miles in a spindly experimental airplane that helped him break a different record last year. During his 80 hours in the air, Fossett will take power naps no longer than...

2006-01-13 00:55:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The aircraft barreling down the Kennedy Space Center runway on Thursday did not come from space, but it was as unique as any NASA space shuttle. With a wingspan as wide as an 11-story building, and a body weight so light it cannot land without drag chutes to slow it, millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett's experimental plane arrived at the space base in Florida to prepare for another record-breaking flight. "It would be a thrill to go to space, but I'm...

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2005-03-03 14:00:00

SALINA, Kan. (AP) -- First by balloon, now by plane, Steve Fossett is once again a 'round-the-world record holder. The millionaire adventurer on Thursday became the first person to fly around the world alone without stopping or refueling, touching down in central Kansas after a 67-hour, 23,000-mile journey that appeared endangered at times by a troubled fuel system. Fossett, who failed five times before successfully circumnavigating the globe solo in a balloon, needed just one try to make...


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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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