Thursday, March 03, 2005

Record attempt continues

Passing Hawaii the decision was made for the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer to continue onwards, at least as far as the west coast of the United States. Significant asssitance from a favourable jet stream has brought fuel consumption down, and if Steve Fossett continues to experience reasonable tailwinds it is possible that he may now make it all the way around the world and land back in Salina Airport in Kansas sometime around midday today local time.


Cockpit image via the NASA/KSC live feed

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.