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GlobalFlyer mission controlAt mission control for the flight, in Crawley, England, the GlobalFlyer team kept track of Fossett's flight status. The screen here shows the plane on Thursday passing over the Saudi Arabian peninsula. More details on the flight can be found on the GlobalFlyer site.
For the record: The aircraft is 44 feet long and has a wingspan of 114 feet. Empty, it weighs 3,350 pounds; filling up the 13 fuel tanks increases the weight dramatically, to approximately 22,000 pounds.
Fossett is no stranger to ambitious aeronautical feats. Besides last year's nonstop solo circumnavigation in the GlobalFlyer craft, he was the first person to fly alone around the world in a balloon--succeeding in 2002 on his sixth attempt.