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2005: Fossett sets solo flight record
Steve Fossett has become the first person to fly a plane solo, non-stop around the globe without refuelling.

He completed his mission despite a fuel shortage, landing the Virgin GlobalFlyer at 1950 GMT in Salina, Kansas, from where he took off on Tuesday.

The US millionaire had considered aborting the trip and landing in Hawaii, but he decided to press on because of favourable tail winds.

"What a day!" he said as he emerged from the plane after a 67-hour journey.

Mr Fossett has notched up more than 100 world records in five different fields of endeavour. In 2002, he became the first man to fly round the world in a balloon single-handed.

To achieve his latest feat, the pilot flew across the Atlantic, North Africa, Asia and the Pacific, before returning to the US and in nine days had covered 42,420km (26,366 miles).

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Steve Fossett set a new record for the longest non-stop flight in aviation history on 11 February 2006.

He set off in the Virgin GlobalFlyer from Florida around the world to Kent, England, and completed a total 42,469.4km (26,389.3 miles) non-stop.

He had planned to end his journey at Kent International Airport. But power failure as he descended to Kent prompted him to make a mayday call and divert to Bournemouth.

On landing with limited visibility, two tyres burst, but Fossett was unhurt.

He had eclipsed the distance record set by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, who logged 40,212km (24,987 miles) during a non-stop, non-refuelled trip around the globe in their Voyager aircraft in 1986.

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