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Longest Non-Stop Flight
American adventurer Steve Fossett broke the non-stop flight distance record record on Saturday, February 11, 2006 when he landed at Bournemouth in England, after a flight of 26,389 miles. Fossett landed at 5:07 p.m. after having taken off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. three days earlier and only managing less than two hours of sleep during the trip.
The aircraft "Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer" is owned by Virgin Atlantic CEO and fellow adventurer Richard Branson and was specifically designed for circumnavigating the globe solo and non-stop.
It was an eventful trip, with 750 pounds of fuel lost in the first four hours of the trip, turbulence over Bhopal, India nearly breakign the aircraft apart, shortly before landing the on-board generators failed and ice build-up on the canapy had left him with zero visibility.
Posted: 2006-02-13 12:10:12 PM
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