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Steve Fossett Tries Again  
User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2156 times:

Steve Fossett will try to leave the Kennedy Space Center Wednesday morning between 6:40 and 7 AM Eastern time in an effort to break the record for the longest flight...once around the world and then on to England. 27K miles,
3 1/2 days. He was to have left today, but a fuel leak forced cancellation.
I wish him well Anyone know of a web site and/or a shortwave frequency
with which to track the flight?
TPAnx


I read the news today..oh boy
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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2151 times:
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Quoting TPAnx (Thread starter):
Anyone know of a web site and/or a shortwave frequency
with which to track the flight?

http://globalflyer.org/




2H4





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User currently offlineYOWza From Nepal, joined Jul 2005, 4887 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2123 times:

This guy should really find a better way to spend his money.

YOWza



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User currently offlineNwafflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

What is the latest this morning? Is it a go?

User currently offlineBoeing Nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

BIRDSTRIKE!!

Check it out on the replay, striking the left wing of the aircraft close to one of the booms. Obviously no affect on the flight at this point, but you'd think that they would have done a sweep of the runway with a one engined flying fuel depot taking off.  confused 

Well, hopefully they got the worst thing that could happen on the flight out of the way right off the bat. Either that, or this is a bad omen.  scared 


User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1995 times:

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 4):
Well, hopefully they got the worst thing that could happen on the flight out of the way right off the bat. Either that, or this is a bad omen.

Omens have no reality. The flight will succeed, or fail, on the basis of planning, preparation, reliability of the aircraft, human factors, and weather. The fact that something bad happened at the start does not make other incidents during the flight less likely - or more likely.



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User currently offlineBoeing Nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

Quoting Viv (Reply 5):
Omens have no reality. The flight will succeed, or fail, on the basis of planning, preparation, reliability of the aircraft, human factors, and weather. The fact that something bad happened at the start does not make other incidents during the flight less likely - or more likely.

Somebody's watch is wound up a little tight this morning, isn't it?


User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6484 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 2):
This guy should really find a better way to spend his money.

It's mostly money from the Virgin Group.



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User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1873 times:

Quoting Viv (Reply 5):
Omens have no reality

You probably don't believe in Leprechauns either  Smile


User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

It was actually two birdstrikes, and apparently everyone was nervous that he would actually take off. They had estimated 7000' of runway for the TO roll, but he went well past that

User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1835 times:

Excuse my ignorace but what plane does he fly? From this page http://globalflyer.org/Aircraft/index.jsp it looks like the Virgin Global Flyer, but today on German television we saw a small prop-aircraft with some windows in the fuselage like a real passenger plane and two props at the back of the a/c. Please clarify. is it the same he used on his last flight an TV showed the wrong one????

Georg.


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1810 times:

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 9):
They had estimated 7000' of runway for the TO roll, but he went well past that

They had anticipated takeoff at 8,000', and he would need the other 7,000' to come to a stop if he rejected the takeoff. He actually took off at the 11,500' mark which gave him a little less than 4,000' of runway left to stop, which is not enough.

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 10):
Excuse my ignorace but what plane does he fly?

He is using the Global Flyer, regardless of what they showed on German tv.



Here Here for Severe Clear!
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 4):
BIRDSTRIKE!!

Check it out on the replay, striking the left wing of the aircraft close to one of the booms. Obviously no affect on the flight at this point, but you'd think that they would have done a sweep of the runway with a one engined flying fuel depot



Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 9):
It was actually two birdstrikes

What is the drag coef. of a bunch of bloody feathers on the leading edge of an object.



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User currently offlineCBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1555 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1684 times:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060209/ap_on_re_us/fossett_flight

Off to a rocky start I would say!!



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User currently offlineN723GW From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 3):
What is the latest this morning? Is it a go?

According to the site tracker, he is over eastern india right now...I guess there was some confusion on if he had clearance to fly over Libya

http://globalflyer.org/MissionControl/Tracking/



The dude abides
User currently offlineCOFreqFlyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

For anyone that wants to track on any other site besides globalflyer.org, try using VIR101 or VS101 on your favorite aircraft flight tracking site.


The Proud Bird with the Golden Tail
User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5056 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

Here he comes!

VIR101 is on the north american flight trackers about to emerge from the pacific air space, looks like he'll be over the San Diego area or just a tad bit south. speed is showing only 260 knots which i think is kind of slow, isn't it? Especially when he's at 50,000 feet!

bruce



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User currently offlineCharlipr From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2005, 340 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

Looks like he got a block of airspace between FL450 & FL510. 256 knots on the speed. He is just over the San Clemente Island, west of San Diego.

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5056 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1518 times:

According to the press release, he had severe turbulence over Bhopal, India that was severe enough to make him put his parachute on and begin preparations for emergency ditching. That little plane experiences turbulence at 4x what a normal jet would feel and Steve felt that it was in danger of breaking apart.

It got smoother over the Pacific but I hope he has enough fuel left.

bruce



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offline747LUVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

He's looking pretty good now, 51,583' above western Texas now. 291kts-he might just make it to England....

User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Everytime I think of the global flyer, it keeps making me want to build a plane out of a V-1 bomb and buy a pulse jet and up I go! (I doubt I could safely get back down, maybe add a landing skid) like the Fi 103 But the range?????? would be so short, but they sure could cross the English Channel, but thats about it.

http://www.ipmscanada.com/models/lutz/Fi103.6.jpg

[Edited 2006-02-10 22:45:33]

[Edited 2006-02-10 22:46:28]


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