CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Adventurer Steve Fossett is in day-two of his attempt to break the 25-thousand-mile record for the world's longest aircraft flight.
It's expected to take about three-and-a-half days. His plane, called the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer, is made of lightweight carbon fiber. It has a super fuel-efficient turbofan jet engine with a very high thrust-to-weight ratio.
Fossett's goal is to fly nearly 27,000 miles. That's once around the world and then across the Atlantic again, landing Saturday outside London.
He got off to a shaky start yesterday in Florida, using more runway than he should, hitting two birds, and losing some instrument function for a while.