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Fossett Breaks Glider Altitude Record


Steve Fossett

August 31, 2006 — Adventurer Steve Fossett (EAA 562868) logged another record-setting flight this week, when he and Norwegian co-pilot Einar Enevoldson reached 50,699 feet flying a glider over the Argentine Andes.

Although the feat has not been independently verified, Fossett, 62, and Enevoldson, 74, accomplished the record above the Patogonia region on Tuesday, August 29. The previous record, said Fossett, was 49,009 feet, set in 1986 by American Robert Harris in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the world air sports authority, will review Fossett and Enevoldson's claim for verification.

"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.

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