Fossett is at it again
Flying a German built ASH-25 (25 meter wingspan) glider, today's flight breaks the record set 12 years ago by Hans Werner Grosse of Germany at 171.10 km/h (106 mph).
This adds to Fossett's stellar year of world records in 3 sports. In July he completed the First Solo Balloon Flight Round the World on Bud Light Spirit of Freedom. And just 3 weeks ago he broke the Round Britain and Ireland sailing record in 4 days and 16 hours on the 125' (38 meter) ultra-catamaran PlayStation. This is Steve's first world record in gliding, although he made unsuccessful attempts on the glider altitude record in August.
Fossett and Delore's next distance gliding target is to re-capture the glider distance record - which Delore previously held at 2,049 km. In 1999 German pilot Klaus Ohlmann pushed the record up to 2,463 km. Fossett will return to Omarama, New Zealand in December to take on this - one of the ultimate challenges in the sport of gliding.
In addition to distance gliding, Steve's forthcoming projects include the Christopher Columbus Route E-W TransAtlantic sailing record and the glider altitude World Record - both planned for early 2003.