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For the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer and its pilots Sir Richard Branson or Steve Fossett to set a world record for the first solo, non-stop, non-refuelled circumnavigation of the world they will have to follow a strict set of rules laid down by the governing body of aviation record attempts, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

 

 

Burt Rutan - a legend in aviation design     Jon Karkow, testing the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer -  Scaled 2004

 

Burt Rutan                                Jon Karkow     

 

 

Burt Rutan, seen above, is no stranger to round the world attempts. He designed the Voyager that brother Dick and Jeanna Yeager flew around the world. He is now the man who designed the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.  Jon Karkow, seen above, the chief project engineer and test pilot for the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.

 

The FAI's rules state that a record attempt like this must start and finish at the same airfield and cross all meridians of the globe. What's more the course must not be less than the very precise figure of 36,787.559 kilometres (around 23,000 miles) which is equal in length to the Tropic of Cancer. To allow the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer to catch the vital jet stream winds, the FAI rules don't oblige that record attempts follow the imaginary line of the Tropic itself but simply that the distance flown exceeds it.

 

 

John Karkow test pilot

 

 

The Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer looks like no other plane because it is designed to do what no other plane can. Engineered by Scaled Composites, the company that built Richard's balloon gondolas in the past, the aircraft's unique twin-boom fuselage and wide, graceful wingspan have been created so that the plane can hold fuel equivalent to nearly five times its own weight - enough to ensure that it can make it round the world without stopping.

 

 

Get in touch with us!         The Scaled team work hard on the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer

 

 Global Flyer Team                      Under Construction

 

 

LIFT OFF

 

As the sun set over Salina, 8000 people watched from the side of the runway as Steve Fossett and the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer successfully took off into the air.

 

Leaving at 18:47 CST, it was a smooth take-off except for a moment when the aircraft dipped dramatically towards the runway. "When it dipped we were a little bit nervous,"  Jon Karkow said it was not an unusual procedure during a climb. 

 

After take-off Kevin Stass, Mission Control director, said: "Everyone at Mission Control is really pleased that the Virgin Atlantic Globalflyer had successful accomplished take-off."

Richard said it was "an enormous relief to see it lifting off because it had never flown before with such a load of fuel on board."   Saying that the aircraft's take-off was a "beautiful sight", Richard said that having left Salina, its "next stop Salina.  Something I never thought I'd be able to say with a plane!"

 

Virgin Atlantic

 

 Virgin Jumbo Jet

 

 

 


 

Steve Fossett began his world navigation attempt Monday 1 March 2005

 

 

 

 

PLEASE USE THE LINKS ABOVE TO FOLLOW STEVE FOSSETT'S  WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

 


 

 

 

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Kansas start for Virgin attempt  06 Dec 04 |  Science/Nature

SpaceShipOne rockets to success  04 Oct 04 |  Science/Nature

Burt Rutan: Aviation pioneer  04 Oct 04 |  Science/Nature

Hopes soar for solo record plane  14 Aug 04 |  Science/Nature

Testing begins for global plane  12 Mar 04 |  Science/Nature

Wraps come off solo record plane  08 Jan 04 |  Science/Nature

 

 

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