Virgin Atlantic Globalflyer

Piloted by adventurer Steve Fossett, GlobalFlyer flew into the record hooks on March 2005 having achieved the first solo, non-stop, jet -powered, and unrefuelled flight around the world. It was designed specifically for the purpose by Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites and part-sponsored by Virgin Atlantic. GlobalFlyer is made entirely of composite materials and is extremely lightweight. Described as a “fuel tank with room for one”, the unconventional slender-winged monoplane has two enormous fuel-filled booms on either side of the main fuselage. Fossett had to remain constantly alert throughout his round-the-world journey in order to redistribute the fuel and maintain the aircraft’s balance. The flight also had its hair-raising moments: the satellite navigation system failed temporarily, and there was a mysterious Fuel loss early in the flight.
Fossett left Salina, Kansas, on 1 March 2005 and returned 67 hours and 2 minutes later on 3 March, having covered a distance of some 22,870 miles.
The following year, on 8 February 2006, Fossett set a new world record in GlobalFlyer for the longest distance flown non-stop. He took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and landed at Bournemouth, England, on the 11th, having covered 26,389 miles in 76 hours and 45 minutes.

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