Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Global Flyer in trouble

The Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer, which successfully took off from Salina Airport in Kansas just after midnight on Tuesday, may now be running into difficulties. The BBC is reporting that Steve Fossett is running short of fuel and, rather than risk crossing the Pacific, may be forced to land in Japan.

Update: Steve Fossett has decided to cross the Pacific Ocean at least as far a Hawaii. At this point the situation will be assessed and a decision will be made, either to land in Hawaii, or continue on to the west coast of the United States.

Update: The decision has been made for Steve to continue onwards towards the mainland. Whether he can make it all the way around the world is still an open question, he may be forced to land on the west coast at the first available landing strip on Catalina Island.

Update: A successful touch down at Salina for Steve Fossett and the Global Flyer at 13:50 local time (19:50UTC) on Thursday the 3rd of March, some 67 hours after they took from there on the round the world trip.