Tuesday, January 10, 2006

GlobalFlyer repaired; Arrives at NASA Thursday

Florida Today is reporting recent damage to the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer has been repaired and the famed aircraft will arrive at NASA Thursday, 4 p.m.

Pilot Steve Fossett will fly the craft in an attempt to break the record for the longest flight in aviation history. It's being called "The Ultimate Flight" and for good reason: If successful he will cover more than 26,000 miles in little more than 80 hours.

Last year Fossett used the Burt Rutan designed craft to fly solo non-stop around the world, matching a feat achieved by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager aboard the Voyager Aircraft in December, 1986.

For the record: "The Ultimate Flight" is planned to be 26,084 miles in 80 hours; the "Voyager" flight was 24,987 in a little more than nine days....

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