Thursday, March 03, 2005

Rare breed, indeed!

Steve Fossett is, as you probably know, flying non-stop, solo, around the world. He may (or may not) land in Kansas this afternoon. I wish him all the luck in the world. Adventurers like Mr. Fossett amaze me. Tremendously talented, risk-takers are a rare breed, even rarer when they are millionaires. He is much like Sir Richard Branson, who is footing the bill for this particular adventure.

Here is a link to the official website so you can track his progress, if you like.

I lifted this part after waiting about 10 minutes (their server is slammed) in case you don't have the patience to wait.

Mission Status:  Chase plane intercept due 13:30 UTC off US west coast

There were some concerns overnight, still, about fuel from the engineering team. As every hour passed though, they have grown 'more optimistic' about Steve's prospects of making Salina.

Towns and Cities Steve should overfly:

Many of you are asking where you can see the GlobalFlyer. Here's our best estimate of where he will be when - all times are in UTC, which is EST +5 hours, CST +6 hours and PST +8 hours. This is still tentative, and of course subject to Steve's fuel and stamina holding out. Bear in mind that Steve will not descend from 45,000 feet until around 300 miles from Salina - you'll just have to watch out for that unique single condensation trail!
• Catalina Island  @ 13:21 UTC (in the dark)
• Los Angeles, CA (South of) @ 13:36 UTC (in the dark)
• Kingman, AZ (North of) @ 14:32 UTC
• Farmington, NM @ 15:53 UTC
• Garden City, KS @ 17:56 UTC
• Salina, KS @ 18:53 UTC (13:53 local time) 

This rare breed of men (and women) evokes memories of Christopher Columbus, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindburg, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, Alan Shephard, and Jean Lafitte. They were true Adventurers.

God Speed, Mr. Fossett.