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Posted - 30/08/2006 :  12:30:28  Show Profile
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> U.S. tycoon Fosset claims to reach new heights in glider
> by Bill Cormier
> Associated Press writer
> Buenos Aires, Argentina (AP) _ U.S. tycoon and adventurer Steve
> Fossett, already famous for sailboating and solo ballooning records,
> claims to have soared to new heights in an engineless glider high over
> the Argentine Andes. The 62-year-old Chicago investment mogul issued a
> statement that he and Norwegian co-pilot Einar Enevoldson, 74, rode
> powerful rising air currents above the remote Patagonia region on
> Tuesday, reaching a record 50,699 feet (15,453 meters).
> «We have made attempts in New Zealand, the United States and
> Argentina over a period of five years, so this is a hard-won success,»
> Fossett said in the statement released by his publicist.
> He said he was jubilant after breaking the record of 49,009
> feet (14,938 meters), set in 1986 by American Robert Harris in
> California's
> Sierra Nevada mountains.
> Fossett's claim, which could not immediately be independently
> verified, will now be subject to scrutiny by the world aviation authority,
> the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.
> He said he and Enevoldson, a former NASA test pilot, rode in a
> lightweight, unpressurized glider named «Perlan» _ Norwegian for «pearl» _
> which was released from a tow plane at 13,000 feet (3,950 meters). The
> pilots then rose on currents above the Andes backbone near the border with
> Chile.
> The two said they used El Calafate, a popular launch point near
> southern Argentina's glaciers, some 1,300 miles (2,000 kilometers) south
> of
> the capital of Buenos Aires.
> Both wore pressurized suits for the more than four-hour climb
> to extreme altitudes _ where they relied on foot heaters to fight the
> chill
> in their cramped cockpit as outside temperatures dropped to 57 degrees
> below zero Celsius (71 degrees below zero Fahrenheit).
> They also said they collected meteorological data for a NASA
> and U.S. Navy study of the polar vortex, a pattern of high-speed winds
> circling Antarctica in the stratosphere.
> Fossett said that during the flight they spotted a commercial
> airliner cruising below the glider at 35,000 feet (10,500 meters).
> «I couldn't understand how the Chilean controller described us
> in Spanish to the airline pilot,» he said in the statement, «but I
> understood the answer by the pilot: 'Wow.»' Fossett and Enevoldson
> attempted to best Harris' mark _ which stood for just over 20 years _
> during three winter seasons in New Zealand from 2002 to 2004. But they
> said
> the atmospheric wave pattern there wasn't strong enough to boost their
> glider high enough to match Harris' feat then.
> Fossett told The Associated Press in 2004 that he was
> transferring his efforts to Argentina.
> In 2002, Fossett became the first to fly a hot air balloon solo
> around the world, landing in the Australian outback on July 4. He nearly
> lost his life twice in six attempts at the feat.
> Associated Press Writer Ray Lilley in Wellington, New
> Zealand, contributed to this report.
> 300326 aug 06


4917 Posts

Posted - 30/08/2006 :  12:35:20  Show Profile
Sempre piu' in alto!!

Michele Borghi

Se la prima volta non ti riesce, il paracadutismo non fa per te. [Legge di Murray]
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Posted - 30/08/2006 :  13:25:23  Show Profile
...Grappa Bocchino Sigillo Nero...avrebbe detto il mitico Mike...

"come l'araba fenice, che vi sia ciascun lo dice, come sia nessun lo sa"

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Aquila imperiale

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Posted - 30/08/2006 :  13:37:10  Show Profile  Click to see alegalli's MSN Messenger address
Non so se sia pił difficile salire a quella quota o ad essere in grado di effettuare tentativi in Argentina, Nuova Zelanda USA, etc. etc. etc.
E' proprio vero che gli alianti sono degli aerei propulsi a soldi e a tempo libero........
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Posted - 30/08/2006 :  13:38:28  Show Profile  Visit Tellurico's Homepage
Azz! Oggi ero a 10.000 metri con il 767 e mi sembrava gią di essere ai limiti del volabile... pazzesco!

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Posted - 30/08/2006 :  16:34:07  Show Profile  Visit AlbertOne's Homepage
15453 metri tradotto in dollari quanto fa????? ovvero per fare un volo di 4-6 ore quanto gli č costato?? tra costruire il dg500 (perlan non č altro che un dg500 un po' modificato e rinforzato che pesa come un AB412) volare in giro per il mondo con al segiuto l'aliantuccio per cercare l'onda giusta..avere il coopilota giusto..
I soldi non fanno la felicita' aiutano a fare i record!

Edited by - AlbertOne on 30/08/2006 16:35:08
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Posted - 30/08/2006 :  21:00:33  Show Profile
O come dice il saggio: la salute senza soldi č come avele colpo in canna senza mai spalale!!!!!!!!!

Instabile, AVL Alzate
-Che la GLOCK sia sempre con me e con il mio spirito.Amen-
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Posted - 31/08/2006 :  09:10:15  Show Profile
Bella questa insta!
Vedo che ormai il forum e' quasi tornato a regime!

Michele Borghi

Se la prima volta non ti riesce, il paracadutismo non fa per te. [Legge di Murray]
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