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Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 1:58 am

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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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:06 am

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.
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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:14 am

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!
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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:24 am

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

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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:25 am

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!
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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:27 am

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.
 
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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:27 am

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.
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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:40 am

Had fuel for another 15 minutes according to Swedish media.
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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:46 am

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.
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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:53 am

2 tires burst when he landed.
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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:59 am

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.

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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:13 am

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

[Edited 2006-02-11 19:13:29]
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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:18 am

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.

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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:20 am

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]
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RE: Steve Fossett Abandons Manston - Heads To Hurn

Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:17 am

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