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Adventurer Steve Fossett
Adventurer Steve Fossett  


(CNN) -- Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett has joined an exclusive club. By making the first-ever solo flight around the world in a balloon, he takes his place beside the Wright brothers, Charles Lindbergh and others who have made aviation history.

  • December 17, 1903 -- Orville and Wilbur Wright's 1903 Wright Flyer made the first successful flight by a powered, heavier-than-air machine. Orville Wright piloted the first flight -- which lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet.
  • May 21, 1927 -- Charles A. Lindbergh completed the first solo nonstop trans-Atlantic flight in history. The Spirit of St. Louis made the 3,610 miles (5,809 kilometers) flight from Long Island, New York, to Paris, France, in 33 hours, 30 minutes.
  • October 14, 1947 -- A Bell X-1 -- named "Glamorous Glennis" by its pilot, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager -- became the first plane to fly faster than the speed of sound. The X-1 reached a speed of 700 miles per hour at an altitude of 43,000 feet (13,106 meters).
  • January 10, 1980 -- David J. Springbett completed the fastest around the world flight using scheduled aircraft in 44 hours, 6 minutes.
  • April 23, 1984 -- Kanellos Kanellopoulos made the longest-ever flight in a human-powered aircraft, traveling 71 miles (115 kilometers).
  • Circumnavigation of the world by a commercial jet has gone fastest in the Concorde -- 31 hours, 27 minutes, 49 seconds.
    Circumnavigation of the world by a commercial jet has gone fastest in the Concorde -- 31 hours, 27 minutes, 49 seconds.  

  • November 20, 1984 -- Pilot Julian R.P. Nott and crewman Spider Anderson set world altitude record for a pressurized balloon, flying 17,765.75 feet (5,415 meters)
  • August 16, 1995 -- The Concorde completed the fastest around-the-world flight by a commercial jet in 31 hours, 27 minutes and 49 seconds.
  • March 1, 1999 -- First successful nonstop flight around the world in a balloon. Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones made the 28,431-mile journey from Chateau d'Oex in the Swiss Alps to the Egyptian desert in 19 days, 21 hours, and 55 minutes.
  • Sources: The Smithsonian Institution and Federation Aeronautique Internationale.



     
     
     
     







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