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2008-11-05 15:45:00

Results of DNA tests have confirmed that two large bones found last Wednesday near the wreckage of a plane in California are those of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, according to police. The 63-year-old record-breaker disappeared over a year ago during a solo flight from a nearby Nevada ranch. The bones were recovered roughly half a mile away from a crash site in a remote stretch of the Sierra Nevada mountains in eastern California. The site was discovered last month after a hiker...

2008-10-04 18:00:03

By Lucy Bogustawski MILLIONAIRE adventurer Steve Fossett died when his plane slammed into a mountain on a cloudy day. The discovery comesmore than a year since the record-breaker disappeared while hunting for a suitable location to try to break the current land speed record. Search teams were led to the wreckage of the 63-year-old's plane earlier this week after ahiker stumbled across a pilot's licence and other ID cards belonging to him. The belongings were found close to where...

2008-07-15 15:00:37

ICON Aircraft, a new light-sport aircraft manufacturer, achieved an important milestone with a successful maiden test flight of the ICON A5 amphibious (land and sea capable) sport plane. ICON's team of engineers completed the full-scale prototype flight on Wednesday, July 9 at an undisclosed lake location in California. Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px_UjBJiFd8 ICON Lead Aero Engineer and Test Pilot Jon Karkow conducted the test flight, which demonstrated the aircraft's...

2006-12-15 16:17:41

(Dayton, Ohio - December 15, 2006) The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) will reveal the names of its enshrinee Class of 2007 tonight at a dinner celebrating the 103rd Anniversary of the Wright Brothers first powered flight.  Noted test and fighter pilot, Colonel Joe Kittinger, USAF (Ret.), a 1997 enshrinee of the NAHF, will make the announcement to open his keynote address at the event. The NAHF, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in Dayton in 1962 and chartered by the...

2006-02-11 13:14:08

LONDON (Reuters) - Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett broke the record for long-distance flight without refueling on Saturday, making an emergency landing in southern England after flying 26,389 miles, his team said. Fossett, a 61-year-old American, landed his specially designed GlobalFlyer aircraft -- with a wingspan as wide as an 11-storey building is tall -- at Bournemouth airport. He had been due to land at another airport, in the county of Kent, but was forced to land early...

2006-02-11 15:55:00

By Peter Graff LONDON -- Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett broke the record for long-distance flight without refuelling on Saturday, making a hazardous emergency landing in southern England after flying 26,389 miles. After nearly four days existing on nothing but milkshakes, the 61-year-old American toasted his achievement with champagne. Asked what he would do next, he said simply: "Catch up on some sleep." Fossett burst two tyres when he landed his specially designed GlobalFlyer plane at...

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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...


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