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Steve Fossett Tries Again

Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:52 pm

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?
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Steve Fossett Tries Again

Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:54 pm




Quoting TPAnx (Thread starter):
Anyone know of a web site and/or a shortwave frequency
with which to track the flight?

http://globalflyer.org/




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Steve Fossett Tries Again

Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:27 pm

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

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Steve Fossett Tries Again

Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:29 pm

What is the latest this morning? Is it a go?
 
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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:41 pm

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 
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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:59 pm

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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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:08 pm

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?
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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:44 pm

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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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:55 am

Quoting Viv (Reply 5):
Omens have no reality

You probably don't believe in Leprechauns either  Smile
 
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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:18 am

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
 
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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:32 am

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????

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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Thu Feb 09, 2006 3:20 am

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.
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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Thu Feb 09, 2006 3:39 am

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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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Fri Feb 10, 2006 1:39 am

ETOPS: Engines Turning or Passengers Swimming
 
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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Fri Feb 10, 2006 1:50 am

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/
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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Sat Feb 11, 2006 2:25 am

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.
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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Sat Feb 11, 2006 3:02 am

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!

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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Sat Feb 11, 2006 3:11 am

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.
 
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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Sat Feb 11, 2006 3:15 am

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.

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RE: Steve Fossett Tries Again

Sat Feb 11, 2006 6:20 am

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

Sat Feb 11, 2006 6:35 am

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

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