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  Record-breaking balloon route!
Updated 01 July 2002, 09.15

Steve Fossett flight facts

  • Steve is the first man to fly solo around the world in a balloon

  • This was his sixth attempt to conquer the last great balloon challenge

    Steve Fossett's balloon, the Spirit of Freedom

  • The journey took just 13 days

  • The aim was to cover 29,000 miles

  • The balloon travelled up to 200 kilometres per hour

  • The capsule is just 2.5 metres square

  • Steve slept in a full length bunk in a sleeping bag

  • He ate military-style MREs (meals ready to eat) warmed by chemical heat packs

  • His toilet was a bucket!

  • Fossett carried an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon to help find him in case of an emergency landing

  • He's a good swimmer - he once swam across the Channel!


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