Around the world in 80 hours: Fossett plans record-breaking trip
Monday 25 October 2004
A delayed solo flight around the world without refuelling will be made early next year, Sir Richard Branson said yesterday.
The entrepreneur, who has spent more than £1m on the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer project, said the record attempt in the futuristic Capricorn jet, supposed to start this month, had been delayed by the commitments of its pilot, Steve Fossett, the American adventurer and aviator. It will take off between January and March, depending on weather.
The aircraft has made 16 test flights in the Mojave desert, California, with Mr Fossett, 60, at the controls for three.
Sir Richard said: "Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart crossed the Pacific and the last big challenge is to see whether someone can fly non-stop around the world and this is the plane to do it."
The pilot will have to endure 80 hours without sleep at 45,000ft, in a cockpit less than 8ft long and as noisy as a chainsaw held next to his ear. The plane will carrying four times as much fuel as the weight of its fuselage.
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Putin opponent reveals Russian President's daughter's secret identity
Ball pool for adults opens in London
Gay couple buy JebBushForPresident.com web domain, and refuse to sell
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 6 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...
£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing reinforcing s...
Excellent Package: Austen Lloyd: CITY - HIGHEST QUALITY INTERNATIONAL FIRM - A...
Excellent Package: Austen Lloyd: CITY - EXCELLENT FIRM - We have an outstandin...