Pilot Steve Fossett, the first person to fly around the world by balloon and the first to fly around the world solo without refueling, is missing in Nevada. Fossett took off on Monday at 8:45am from Baron Hilton’s ranch south of Reno Nevada and hasn’t been seen since.
He’s flying a Super Decathalon – a two placer tube and fabric aircraft with lots of horsepower (180hp as I recall). The aircraft lands a wee bit hotter than its little brother the Citabria but still slowly enough that if he had to put it down in the mountains he might be ok if he went in under control.
Fossett will either be found alive but hungry after a couple of days or it will be the worst. There’s very little in-between when an aircraft goes down in the mountains because injured people don’t survive long in the cold at high altitudes.
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Photo: Steve Fossett with friend and backer Sir Richard Branson