Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Take-off for the Global Flyer

After repeated delays, the BBC is reporting that earlier today the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:20 GMT (07:20 local time).

CREDIT: Virgin Atlantic
Take-off for the Global Flyer

Update: After a troubled take-off, Steve Fossett and the Global Flyer were followed by the Starship chase plane for the first several hours of the flight...

CREDIT: Virgin Atlantic
Monitoring the flight from Mission Control
Take-off was a bit scary to say the least. I had to use most of the runway to get off the ground. This was particularly hairy because I could not have aborted even if I had wanted to. To make matters worse, two birds hit the aircraft on take-off, luckily there does not seem to be any sign of damage. - Steve Fossett
Update: You can now track the Global Flyer in real time...

Update: An emergency landing in Bournemouth...