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In pictures: Steve Fossett's records

Steve Fossett. File photo

US millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, missing after taking-off from an airfield in Nevada, has set 116 world records in five different sports, 76 of which still stand.

Steve Fossett comes into land in Britain in February 2006. Picture: Paul Hannah.

In 2006, he broke the record for the longest flight, spending nearly 77 hours in the air and covering more than 40,000km (25,000 miles).

Steve Fossett sits in a plane. File photo

A year earlier, Mr Fossett made the first solo non-stop flight around the world without refuelling in 67 hours.

Steve Fossett celebrates breaking the world record for sailing non-stop around the world in 2004

As skipper with a 13-member crew, he beat the round-the-world sailing record in 2004, completing the voyage in 59 days and nine hours.

Steve Fossett flies his balloon. File photo

But he is perhaps best known for becoming the first person to fly around the world in a balloon in 2002, covering 31,266km (19,428 miles).

Sir Richard Branson (left) kisses Steve Fossett. File photo

Mr Fossett has cheated death a number of times, with his friend Sir Richard Branson describing him as "a tough old boot".

Steve Fossett. File photo

After being inducted into America's National Aviation Hall of Fame in July, Mr Fossett said he would continue flying "because I'm not done".

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