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Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn  
User currently offlineBTCCMan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2501 times:

It appears as if the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer record attempt has run into trouble at the 11th hour - the flight tracker shows Steve descending to land at Hurn rather than the planned Manston / Kent International. Currently at 13,000 ft. It will still claim the record, but will doubtless disappoint the thousands at Manston! Here's to a safe landing!

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User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2455 times:

From elsewhere...he's headed into BOH and has declared some form of emergency. Best wishes to him.

His problems with going to Manston relate to icing.


User currently offlineBTCCMan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2421 times:

Steve has landed safely! He had generator problems and declared a mayday just North of Aldershot. Apparently, it was a close call - but all safe on the ground now, and a new record established! Well done Steve and the VAGF team!

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5049 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

How far is bournmouth from Kent anyway? doesn't look that far from the tracker map.

bruce



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Apparently that led to a build-up of ice on the windscreen which didn't help matters, but he got into BOH safely enough and the record is his. It'll take some breaking if anyone is mad enough to attempt it!

User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 4):
Apparently that led to a build-up of ice on the windscreen which didn't help matters, but he got into BOH safely enough and the record is his. It'll take some breaking if anyone is mad enough to attempt it!

Im thinking .... Steve Fossett in a year or so, aiming for Continental Europe or further.


User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

Rather nice tail for him to tell people... not that he does not have enough already!!. He has something like 109 world records.

Anyway great job by all.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

Had fuel for another 15 minutes according to Swedish media.
Cape Caneveral-Paris next year?


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

Quoting Bruce (Reply 3):
How far is bournmouth from Kent anyway? doesn't look that far from the tracker map.

178 miles, or about a 3 and a half hour drive.



No trees were harmed by this message. However, several million electrons were terribly inconvenienced
User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

2 tires burst when he landed.

User currently offlineBmiBaby737 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1803 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2165 times:

He's landed at Bournemouth, alot of Police attention and many Locals parking up anywhere and everywhere around the Airport. Aircraft including 2 Thomsonfly and a Ryanair had to wait until all of this was over until they could start up to depart to there destinations. He's parked up next to the ATC Tower here at Bournemouth, nearly impossible to get photo's now.

Also, apperently a cracked windscreen. If he had flown for more than 15 minutes more he might have had to ditch the aircraft.

BmiBaby737
Jimmi


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2102 times:

Must have been an exciting end on the 72hr long journey.

[Edited 2006-02-11 19:13:29]

User currently offlineBmiBaby737 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1803 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

He's flying to Kent right this minute (In of course a different aircraft), he's going to be on Sky News in just a few minutes time.

BmiBaby737
Jimmi


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

Some Swedish media claim 72hrs some 76hrs, what´s the actual flighttime?
76hrs and 45 minutes according to globalflyer.com that´s a long ride.

[Edited 2006-02-11 19:24:27]

User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

Congratulations!! Wonder what's next?
Details here:
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/13849402.htm
TPAnx  Smile



I read the news today..oh boy
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