Around the world in 80 hours

December 2004
Engineer (00137758);12/10/2004, Vol. 293 Issue 7665, p7
This article reports that the Virgin Global Flyer will next month make its attempt to fly non-stop around the world without refueling. Piloted by Steve Fossett and designed by Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites, who was responsible for the successful SpaceShipOne attempt in October. The Global Flyer will fly at 45,000 ft. at a speed of 285 mph for the 25,000-mile trip, which it is estimated will take 80 hours. As the craft will require around 82 per cent of its body weight to be fuel, It is built using ultra-light composite materials including carbon fibres.


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