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Steve Fossett

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Steve Fossett

Steve Fossett (born April 22, 1944, in Jackson, Tennessee) earned the rank of Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America as a youth and is a United States millionaire and adventurer. Fossett made his fortune in American financial markets but is best known for his three circumnavigations of the Earth, as a long-distance balloonist, as a sailor, and as a solo pilot.

Accomplishments

On February 21, 1995, Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. In 2002, he was credited with being the first person to fly around the world alone, nonstop, in a balloon. He launched from Northam, Western Australia, on June 19, 2002, and returned to Australia on July 2, 2002.

Steve Fossett is also one of the world's most accomplished sailors. He holds 15 World record passages in sailing. In 2004 he, as skipper, set the world record for fastest circumnavigation of the world in his sailboat Cheyenne with a crew of 13.

On October 27, 2004, Fossett set a new record for fastest flight with an Airship by flying a huge Zeppelin NT with a recorded average speed of 60.4 knots (111.8 km/h, 69.5 mph). The previous record was 50.1 knots (92.8 km/h, 57.7 mph) set in 2001 in a Virgin Lightship.

On February 28, 2005, Fossett took off from Salina, Kansas, in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, on the first solo, non-stop, non-refueled aerial circumnavigation of the globe in a jet aircraft. He flew eastward around the globe with the prevailing winds. On March 3, 2005, at about 01:50 PM CST, Fossett completed the record-breaking flight after 67 hours and 2 minutes and 38 seconds, with an average speed of nearly 300 mph.

Fossett has swum the English Channel, driven the 24 hours of Le Mans, and raced in the 1,049 mile Iditarod dog sled race[1] (http://www.pal-item.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050307/NEWS01/503070309/1008), along with many other feats.

He holds the world record for the number of world records held, currently at 62.

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