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Search On For Fossett In Nevada

Steve Fossett

September 4, 2007 —Authorities in Nevada and California are searching for record-setting pilot Steve Fossett, who was reported missing after failing to return from a flight late Monday.

Fossett, a longtime EAA member who set several unique aviation records over the past 15 years, had departed a private airstrip near Yerington, Nev., in the western part of the state. Local, state and federal authorities, as well as the Civil Air Patrol, were involved in the search.

Fossett has been a frequent visitor to EAA AirVenture through the years, most recently this summer when he spoke at Theater in the Woods about the record-setting altitude flight of the Perlan glider. He also flew the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer to Oshkosh in 2005 after that aircraft completed the first around-the-world, non-stop solo flight. In 2002, Fossett became the first man to fly around the world in a balloon, succeeding after five failed attempts.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame had inducted Fossett as a member in July.

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