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Steve Fossett

  • Made the first solo balloon flight across the Pacific ocean, starting in Seoul, Korea, and landing in Saskatchewan, Canada, setting an absolute world distance record of almost 5,500 miles.
  • Became the first (and only) person to complete a solo balloon flight around the world in 2002.
  • Became one of 17 Zeppelin captains in the world and, in October, 2004, he set an absolute world speed record for airships of 71.5 miles per hour.
  • Achieved the first solo non-stop round-the-world speed record, making the journey in 67 hours, one minute and ten seconds.
  • Broke the airplane nonstop global flight distance record of 24,986 miles set by Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager aboard Voyager in 1986.
  • Held 116 world records or world firsts as well as official world records in five sports (sailboats, balloons, airplanes, gliders, and airships).

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