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They are celestial missionaries of sorts: professionals with a wild side, celebrities with money to burn and semi-retirees with a hankering for one last thrill. What they share is a desire to float weightless for a mere five minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Virgin Galactic, the British company created by entrepreneur Richard Branson to send tourists into space, and New Mexico announced an agreement Tuesday for the state to build a $225 million spaceport.
The first privately built craft to fly into space became a museum piece on Wednesday, as its creators aim for an eight-seat vehicle to carry passengers to "that beautiful black sky."
Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett on Thursday became the first person to fly around the world solo without stopping or refueling, safely touching down 67 hours after launching the flight. Fossett, 60, already holds the record for flying solo around the globe in a balloon.
The early stages of American adventurer Steve Fossett's bid to make the first solo non-stop flight around the world without refueling aboard the GlobalFlyer have gone "exactly as planned", organizers said.
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