Fossett is at it again

This time the record breaking adventurer captures gliding speed prize

Saturday November 16th 2002, Author: Stuart Radnofski, Location: Australasia
American Steve Fossett and New Zealand co-pilot Terry Delore captured the 500 kilometer world speed record for gliders today (Friday, November 15) in the South Island of New Zealand. After circling for over 2 hours waiting for the ideal conditions, Fossett and Delore streaked around a 500 kilometer (310 mile) triangle course in 2 hours and 44 minutes setting a new World Record speed of 185.63 km/h (115 mph).

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.

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