|Born||James Stephen Fossett|
April 22, 1944
|Died||Missing September 3, 2007|
Declared legally dead
February 15, 2008 (aged 63)
|Known for||Aviator, sailor and adventurer|
James Stephen Fossett (born April 22, 1944, missing September 3, 2007, declared legally dead February 15, 2008) was an American aviator, sailor, and adventurer who became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon. Events 1500 - Portuguese Navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil. Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Jackson is a city in Madison County, Tennessee, United States. Events 36 BC - In the Battle of Naulochus, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Admiral of Octavian, defeats Sextus Pompeius Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Events 590 - Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia 1637 - Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common The United States of America —commonly referred to as the An adventurer or adventuress is a term that usually takes one of three meanings One whose travels are unusual and often exotic though not so unique as to qualify Events 1500 - Portuguese Navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil. Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 36 BC - In the Battle of Naulochus, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Admiral of Octavian, defeats Sextus Pompeius Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. In Law, death in absentia is the status of a person who has been declared legally dead. Events 590 - Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia 1637 - Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common The United States of America —commonly referred to as the An adventurer or adventuress is a term that usually takes one of three meanings One whose travels are unusual and often exotic though not so unique as to qualify He made his fortune in the financial services industry and was best known for many world records, including five nonstop circumnavigations of the Earth: as a long-distance solo balloonist, as a sailor, and as a solo flight fixed-wing aircraft pilot. A world record is the best performance in a certain discipline usually a Sports event The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying Flight technology Overview Fixed-wing aircraft range from small training and recreational aircraft to Wide-body aircraft and military cargo aircraft.
A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, Fossett set 116 records in five different sports, 60 of which still stand. History Founding members of the Society include Sir John Barrow, Sir John Franklin and Francis Beaufort. The Explorers Club was founded in New York, NY in 1904 The club as explained in its charter was formed to further general Exploration, to spread knowledge of the 
Fossett was reported missing after the plane he was flying over the Nevada desert failed to return. James Stephen Fossett (born April 22 1944 missing September 3 2007 declared legally dead February 15 2008 On September 3 2007 Fossett was reported missing after The Great Basin is a large arid region of the western United States.  Despite a month of searches by the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and others, Fossett could not be found, and the search by CAP was called off on October 2, 2007. For the TV series of this title see Search and Rescue (TV series. The Civil Air Patrol ( CAP) is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF Events 1187 - Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. However, privately-funded and directed search efforts continued.
On November 2, 2007, Peggy Fossett and Dick Rutan accepted the Spread Wings Award in Steve Fossett's behalf at the 2007 Spreading Wings Gala, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Denver, Colorado. Events 1570 - A Tidal wave in the North Sea devastates the coast from Holland to Jutland, killing more than 1000 Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum (WOR is located on the former grounds of Lowry Air Force Base in Denver Colorado. The City and County of Denver (pronounced /ˈdɛnvɚ/ is the Capital and the most populous city of Colorado, in the United States 
On November 26, 2007, Fossett's wife requested that Fossett be declared legally dead. Events 43 BC - The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus ("Octavian" later "Caesar Augustus" Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. In Law, death in absentia is the status of a person who has been declared legally dead.  The petition was granted on February 15, 2008. Events 590 - Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia 1637 - Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common 
Fossett was born in Jackson, Tennessee. Jackson is a city in Madison County, Tennessee, United States. His family later moved to Garden Grove, California. Garden Grove is a city located in northern Orange County, California, United States. 
Fossett's interest in adventure began early. As a Boy Scout, he grew up climbing the mountains of California, beginning with the San Jacinto Mountains. Some troops are co-educational for those troops this article is relevant to them California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The San Jacinto Mountains (' Avii Hanupach in Mojave) are a short Mountain range east of Los Angeles in southern California in  "When I was 12 years old I climbed my first mountain, and I just kept going, taking on more diverse and grander projects. " Fossett said that he did not have a natural gift for athletics or team sports, so he focused on activities that required persistence and endurance.  His father, an Eagle Scout, encouraged Fossett to pursue these types of adventures and encouraged him to become involved with the Boy Scouts early. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA  At age 13, Fossett also earned the Boy Scouts' highest rank of Eagle Scout.  Fossett said in 2006 that Scouting was the most important activity of his youth. Scouting, also known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide Youth movement with the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical mental and spiritual 
In college at Stanford University, Fossett was already known as an adventurer; his Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers convinced him to swim to Alcatraz and raise a banner that read "Beat Cal" on the wall of the prison, closed two years previously. Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private Research university located in A student society or student organization is an Organization, operated by Students at a University, whose membership normally consists only of Alcatraz Island, sometimes informally referred to as simply Alcatraz or locally as the Rock, is a small island located in the middle of San Francisco Bay The California Golden Bears is the nickname used for 27 varsity athletic programs of the University of California Berkeley.  Fossett held various leadership positions at Stanford, including serving in student government and serving as President of a few clubs.  In 1966, Fossett graduated from Stanford with a degree in economics. A bachelor's degree is usually an Undergraduate Academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three four or in some cases and Economics is the social science that studies the production distribution, and consumption of goods and services.  After graduation, Fossett spent the summer in Europe climbing mountains and swimming the Dardanelles. See also [[Hellespont]] The Dardanelles ( Turkish: Çanakkale Boğazı Greek: Δαρδανέλλια Dardanellia) formerly 
In 1968, Fossett received an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where Fossett was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees. The Master of Business Administration ( MBA) is a Master's degree in Business administration, which attracts people from a wide range of academic disciplines The Olin Business School is one of seven academic schools at Washington University in St  Fossett's first job out of business school was with IBM; he then served as a consultant for Deloitte and Touche, and later accepted a job with Marshall Field's. International Business Machines Corporation abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue", is a multinational Computer Technology Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (also branded as Deloitte) is one of the largest Professional services firms in the world and one of the Big Four auditors, along Marshall Field's ( Marshall Field & Company) was an iconic Chicago Illinois, Department store that grew to become a major chain before being acquired Fossett later said, "For the first five years of my business career, I was distracted by being in computer systems, and then I became interested in financial markets. A computer is a Machine that manipulates data according to a list of instructions. That's where I thrived. "
Fossett then became a successful commodities salesman in Chicago, first for Merrill Lynch in 1973, where he proved a highly successful producer of commission revenue for himself and that firm. A commodity broker is a firm or individual who executes orders to buy or sell commodity contracts on behalf of clients and charges them a Commission. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Merrill Lynch & Co Inc () is a global financial services firm He began working in 1976 for Drexel Burnham, which provided him with a membership on the Chicago Board of Trade and permitted him to market the services of the firm from a phone on the floor of that exchange. Drexel Burnham Lambert was a major Wall Street Investment banking firm which first rose to prominence and then was driven into bankruptcy in February 1990 by its The Chicago Board of Trade ( CBOT) established in 1848 is the world's oldest futures and options exchange. In 1980, Fossett began the process that eventually produced his enduring prosperity: renting exchange memberships to would-be floor traders, first on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The Chicago Board Options Exchange ( CBOE) located at 400 South LaSalle Street in Chicago, is largest U 
After 15 years of working for other companies, Fossett founded his own firms, Marathon Securities and Lakota Trading, from which he made millions renting exchange memberships.  He founded Lakota Trading for that purpose in 1980.  In the early 1980s, he founded Marathon Securities and extended that successful formula to memberships on the New York stock exchanges. He earned millions renting floor trading privileges (exchange memberships) to hopeful new floor traders, who would also pay clearing fees to Fossett's clearing firms in proportion to the trading activity of those renting the memberships. As of 1997, the trading volume of its rented memberships was larger than any other clearing firm on the Chicago exchange.  Lakota Trading replicated that same business plan on many exchanges in the United States and also in London. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom.  Fossett would later use those revenues to finance his adventures.  Fossett said, "As a floor trader, I was very aggressive and worked hard. Those same traits help me in adventure sports. "
Fossett said he did not participate in any of the "interesting things" he had done in college during his time in exchange-related activities: "There was a period of time where I wasn't doing anything except working for a living. I became very frustrated with that and finally made up my mind to start getting back into things. " He began to take six weeks a year off to spend time on sports and eventually moved to Beaver Creek, Colorado in 1990, where for a time he ran his business from a distance. Beaver Creek is an unincorporated community in Eagle County, Colorado, United States.  Fossett later sold most of his business interests, although he maintained an office in Chicago until 2006. 
Fossett was married to Peggy Fossett (Viehland), originally from Richmond Heights, Missouri, since 1968. Richmond Heights, a city in St Louis County, is an inner-ring suburb of St  They had no children.  The Fossetts had homes in Beaver Creek, Colorado and Chicago and a vacation home in Carmel, California. Beaver Creek is an unincorporated community in Eagle County, Colorado, United States. Carmel-by-the-Sea, usually called simply Carmel, is a small town endowed with a rich artistic history situated on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey 
Fossett became well-known in the United Kingdom for his friendship with billionaire Richard Branson, who financed some of Fossett's adventures. Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950 is an English Business magnate, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies 
Steve Fossett was well-known for his world record-setting adventures in balloons, sailboats, gliders, and powered aircraft. He was an aviator of exceptional breadth of experience, from his quest to become the first person to achieve a solo balloon flight around the world (finally succeeding on his sixth attempt, in 2002) to setting, with co-pilot Terry Delore, 10 of the 21 Glider Open records, including the first 2,000 km Out-and-Return, the first 1,500 km Triangle and the longest Straight Distance flights. "Ballooning" redirects here For the behavior of Spiders and other Arthropods see Ballooning (spider. His achievements as a jet pilot in a Cessna Citation X include records for U. WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout S. Transcontinental, Australia Transcontinental, and Round-the-World westbound non-supersonic flights.  Prior to Fossett's aviation records, no pilot had held world records in more than one class of aircraft; Fossett holds them in four classes. 
In 2005, Fossett made the first solo nonstop and unrefueled circumnavigation of the world in 67 hours in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, a single engine jet aircraft. WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout
In 2006, he again circumnavigated the globe nonstop and unrefueled in 76 hours, 45 minutes in the GlobalFlyer, setting the record for the longest flight by any aircraft in history with a distance of 26,389 statute miles (42,469 km).
He set 93 aviation world records ratified by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, plus 23 sailing world records ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI is the world governing body for Air sports and Aeronautics and Astronautics world records The World Sailing Speed Record Council, founded in 1972, is the body authorized by the International Sailing Federation (formerly International Yacht Racing Union
On February 21, 1995, Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, after taking off from South Korea, becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. Events 362 - Athanasius returns to Alexandria. 1245 - Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 Saskatchewan (səˈskætʃəwən) is a prairie province in Canada, which has an area of 588276 Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea and often referred to as Korea ( Korean: 대한민국 tɛː The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth 's Oceanic divisions "Ballooning" redirects here For the behavior of Spiders and other Arthropods see Ballooning (spider. 
In 2002, he became the first person to fly around the world alone, nonstop, in a balloon. He launched the 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom from Northam, Western Australia, on June 19, 2002 and returned to Australia on July 3, 2002, subsequently landing in Queensland, Australia. Northam is a town in Western Australia, situated at the confluence of the Avon and Mortlock Rivers about north-east of Perth in the Avon Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. Events 1179 - The Norwegian Battle of Kalvskinnet outside Nidaros. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Events 324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Queensland is a state of Australia, occupying the north-eastern corner of the mainland continent For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Duration and distance of this solo balloon flight was 13 days, 8 hours, 33 minutes (14 days 19 hours 50 minutes to landing), 20,626. 48 statute miles (33,195. 10 km).  The balloon dragged him along the ground for 20 minutes at the end of the flight. The control center for the mission was located in St. Louis, Missouri. Fossett's top speed during the flight was 186 miles per hour over the Indian Ocean. The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's Oceanic divisions covering about 20% of the water on the Earth 's surface Only the capsule survived the landing; it was taken to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, where it was to be displayed next to Charles Lindbergh's plane Spirit of St. Louis. The Smithsonian Institution (smɪθsoʊnɪən is an educational and research institute and associated Museum complex administered and funded by the Government of Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout  The trip set a number of records for ballooning: Fastest (200 miles per hour/322 km, breaking his own previous record of 166 miles per hour/270 km), Fastest Around the World (13. 5 days), Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon (20,482. 26 miles), and 24-Hour Balloon Distance (3,186. 80 miles on July 1). "July 1st" redirects here For the Ayumi Hamasaki song see H (song. 
While Fossett had financed five previous tries himself, his successful record-setting flight was sponsored by Bud Light. Budweiser is an American-style lager and is one of the most popular beers in the United States.  Fossett said that he hoped his flight would inspire others to achieve their personal goals in their own lives. 
In the end, Fossett actually made money on all his balloon flights; he bought a contingency insurance policy for $500,000 that would pay him $3 million if he succeeded in the flight, and along with sponsorship, that payout meant that in the end, Fossett did not have to spend any of his money other than for initial expenses. 
Fossett was one of the world's most accomplished sailors. Speed sailing was his speciality and from 1993 to 2004, he dominated the record sheets, setting 23 official world records and nine distance race records. He is recognized by the World Sailing Speed Record Council as "the world's most accomplished speed sailor. "
On the maxi-catamaran Cheyenne (formerly named PlayStation), Fossett twice set the prestigious 24 Hour Record of Sailing. In October 2001, Fossett and his crew set a transatlantic record of 4 days 17 hours, shattering the previous record by 43 hours 35 minutes — an increase in average speed of nearly seven knots.
In early 2004, Fossett, as skipper, set the world record for fastest circumnavigation of the world (58 days, 9 hours) in Cheyenne with a crew of 13. Both the Transatlantic and Round the World records have been superseded by Bruno Peyron on Orange II. Bruno Peyron (born November 10 1955) is a French yachtsman who along with his crew on the catamaran Orange II, broke the outright round-the-world sailing record As of 1997, Fossett held the world record for crossing the Pacific Ocean in his 125-foot sailboat, the PlayStation, which he accomplished on his fourth try. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth 's Oceanic divisions 
Fossett set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships on October 27, 2004. Events 312 - Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The new record for fastest flight was accomplished with a Zeppelin NT, at a recorded average speed of 62. WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout 2 knots (115. 0 km/h, 71. 5 mph. ) The previous record was 50. 1 knots (92. 8 km/h, 57. 7 mph) set in 2001 in a Virgin airship. Fossett was one of only 17 pilots licensed to fly the Zeppelin in the world, as of 2006. 
Fossett made the first solo non-stop fixed-wing aircraft flight around the world between February 28, 2005 and March 3, 2005. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA, ˈnæsə is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's public space program The John F Kennedy Space Center ( KSC) is the NASA Space vehicle launch facility and Launch Control Center ( Spaceport) on WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout Events 202 BC - coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty 's rule Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1284 - Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England 1575 - Indian Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He took off from Salina, Kansas, where he was assisted by faculty members and students from Kansas State University, and flew eastbound, with the prevailing winds, returning to Salina after 67 hours, 1 minute, 10 seconds, without refueling or making intermediate landings. Salina (pronounced /səˈlaɪnə/) is a city in and the County seat of Saline County, Kansas, United States. Kansas State University, commonly shortened to K-State, is an institution of higher learning located in Manhattan, Kansas, in the United States His average speed of 342. 2 mph (550. 7 km/h) was also the absolute world record for "speed around the world, non-stop and non-refueled. " His aircraft, the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer, had a carbon fiber reinforced plastic airframe, with a single Williams FJ44 turbofan engine. WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout Carbon fiber reinforced plastic ( CFRP or CRP) is a very strong light and expensive Composite material or fiber reinforced plastic. The Williams FJ44 is a family of small two-spool Turbofan engines produced by Williams International / Rolls-Royce for the light Business jet A turbofan is a type of Jet engine, similar to a Turbojet. It essentially consists of a Ducted fan with a smaller diameter turbojet engine It was designed and built by Burt Rutan and his company, Scaled Composites, for long-distance solo flight. Elbert Leander "Burt" Rutan (born June 17, 1943 in Estacada Oregon) is an American aerospace engineer noted for his originality Scaled Composites (often abbreviated as Scaled) formerly the Rutan Aircraft Factory, is a company currently owned by Northrop Grumman that is located The fuel fraction, the weight of the fuel divided by the weight of the aircraft at take-off, was 83 percent. An aircraft's fuel fraction, fuel weight fraction, or propellant fraction is the weight of the fuel or propellant divided by the gross take-off weight of the aircraft 
On February 11, 2006, Fossett set the absolute world record for "distance without landing" by flying from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, around the world eastbound, then upon returning to Florida continuing across the Atlantic a second time to land in Bournemouth, England. Events 660 BC - Traditional founding date of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The John F Kennedy Space Center ( KSC) is the NASA Space vehicle launch facility and Launch Control Center ( Spaceport) on Bournemouth ( is a large coastal resort town in the Borough of Bournemouth in Dorset, England. The official distance was 25,766 statute miles (41,467 km) and the duration was 76 hours 43 minutes.
The next month, Fossett made a third flight around the world in order to break the absolute record for "Distance over a closed circuit without landing" (with takeoff and landing at the same airport). He took off from Salina, Kansas on March 14, 2006 and returned on March 17, 2006 after flying 25,262 statute miles (40,655 km). Events 1489 - The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Events 45 BC - In his last victory Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
There are only seven absolute world records for fixed-wing aircraft recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and Fossett broke three of them in the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI is the world governing body for Air sports and Aeronautics and Astronautics world records  All three records were previously held by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager from their flight in the Voyager in 1986. Richard Glenn "Dick" Rutan (born July 1 1938 is an Aviator who piloted the Voyager aircraft around the world non-stop with the assistance of Jeana Jeana Yeager (born May 18, 1952 in Fort Worth Texas, USA is an aviatrix. The Model 76 Voyager was the first Aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling Fossett has contributed the Global Flyer to the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection. The Smithsonian Institution (smɪθsoʊnɪən is an educational and research institute and associated Museum complex administered and funded by the Government of  It is on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum. The Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM's annex at Washington Dulles International Airport in The National Air and Space Museum (NASM of the Smithsonian Institution is a museum in Washington D Fossett flew the plane to the Center and taxied the plane to the front door. 
Fossett set two U. S. transcontinental fixed-wing aircraft records in the same day. On February 5, 2003, he flew his Cessna Citation X jet from San Diego, California to Charleston, South Carolina in 2 hours, 56 minutes, 20 seconds, at an average speed of 726. Events 1576 - Henry of Navarre converts to Roman Catholicism in order to ensure his right to the throne of France. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout Charleston is a city in Charleston county in the US state of South Carolina. 83 mph (1169. 73 km/h) to smash the transcontinental record for non-supersonic jets.
He returned to San Diego, then flew the same course as co-pilot for fellow adventurer Joe Ritchie in Ritchie's turboprop Piaggio Avanti. Joseph Ritchie (born 1946) is a commodities and options trader, the founder of Chicago Research and Trading A turboprop engine is a type of aircraft powerplant that uses a Gas turbine engine to drive a Propeller. The Piaggio P180 Avanti is an unusual yet remarkably efficient twin-engine business aircraft produced by Piaggio Aero. Their time was 3 hours, 51 minutes, 52 seconds, an average speed of 546. 44 mph (879. 46 km/h), which broke the previous turboprop transcontinental record held by Chuck Yeager and Renald Davenport. Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager (born February 13 1923 is a retired Brigadier-General in the United States Air Force and a noted Test pilot.
Fossett also set the east-to-west transcontinental record for non-supersonic fixed-wing aircraft on September 17, 2000. Events 1176 - The Battle of Myriokephalon is fought 1462 - The Battle of Świecino (or Battle of Żarnowiec 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. He flew from Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego, California in 3 hours, 29 minutes, at an average speed of 591. 96 mph (952. 67 km/h).
On July 2, 2005, Fossett and co-pilot Mark Rebholz re-created the first nonstop crossing of the Atlantic which was made by the British team of John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown in June 1919 in a Vickers Vimy biplane. Events 310 - Pope Miltiades is elected 626 - In fear of assassination Li Shimin ambushes and kills his rival Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. British aviators Alcock and Brown made the first non-stop Transatlantic flight in June 1919 WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout Their flight from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada to Clifden, Ireland in the open cockpit Vickers Vimy replica took 18 hours 25 minutes with 13 hours flown in instrument flight conditions. St John's (ˌseɪntˈdʒanz French Saint-Jean) is the provincial capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and located on the eastern tip Clifden (An Clochán meaning "bee-hive cell" is a town on the coast of County Galway, Ireland and being Connemara 's largest town it is often Because there was no airport in Clifden, Fossett and Rebholz landed on the 8th fairway of the Connemarra Golf Course. 
The team of Steve Fossett and Terry Delore (NZL) set ten official world records in gliders while flying in three major locations: New Zealand, Argentina and Nevada, United States. An asterisk (*) indicates records subsequently broken by other pilots.
Fossett and co-pilot Einar Enevoldson flew a glider into the stratosphere on August 29, 2006. Einar K Enevoldson Is the director of the Perlan Project. He was a civilian research pilot for NASA's Hugh L The stratosphere is the second major layer of Earth's atmosphere, just above the Troposphere, and below the Mesosphere. Events 708 - Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708) Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The flight set the Absolute Altitude Record for gliders at 50,727 feet (15,460 m). These are the records set for going the highest in the atmosphere from the age of Ballooning onward  Since the glider cockpit was unpressurized, the pilots wore full pressure suits (similar to space suits) so that they would be able to fly to altitudes above 45,000 feet. A pressure suit is a protective suit worn by high-altitude pilots who may fly at altitudes where the air pressure is too low for an unprotected person to survive even breathing pure oxygen Fossett and Enevoldson had made previous attempts in three countries over a period of five years before finally succeeding with this record flight. This endeavor is known as the Perlan Project. The Perlan Project is a current research project to fly a sailplane to an altitude of 100000 feet (30480 meters
As a young adventurer, Fossett was one of the first participants in the Worldloppet, a series of cross country ski marathons around the world. The Worldloppet Ski Federation is a federation of long distance Cross-country skiing events whose aim is to promote cross-country skiing through various ski races While he had little experience as a skier, he was in the first group of 'citizen athletes' to participate in the series debut in 1979. And in 1980, he became the eighth skier to complete all 10 of the long distance races, earning a Worldloppet medallion. He has also set cross-country skiing records in Colorado, setting an Aspen to Vail record of 59 hr, 53 min, 30 sec in February 1998, and an Aspen to Eagle record of 12 hr, 29 min in February 2001. Cross-country skiing (also known as XC skiing) is a Winter sport popular in many countries with large snowfields primarily Northern Europe, Aspens are Trees of the willow family and comprise a section of the Poplar genus Populus sect A Statutory Town that is the County seat of Eagle County, Colorado, United States. 
Fossett was a lifelong mountain climber and had climbed the highest peaks on six of the seven continents. “Alpinist” redirects here See also Alpinist (magazine Mountaineering is the Sport, Hobby or Profession of  In the 1980s, he became friends with Patrick Morrow, who was attempting to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents for the "Seven Summits" world record (which Morrow did achieve in 1985). Patrick Allan Morrow, CM, (born October 18, 1952 in Invermere British Columbia) is a Canadian photographer and mountain climber who The Seven Summits are the highest Mountains of each of the seven Continents Summiting all of them is regarded as a Mountaineering challenge first postulated Fossett accompanied Morrow for his last three peaks, including Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania, and Elbrus in Europe. Vinson Massif is the highest Mountain of Antarctica, located about 1200 km (750 mi from the South Pole. Puncak Jaya (ˈpʊntʃak ˈdʒaja sometimes called Mount Carstensz or the Carstensz Pyramid, is a mountain in the Sudirman Range, the western central Mount Elbrus (Эльбрус is a Mountain located in the western Caucasus Mountain range, in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia  While Fossett went on to climb almost all of the Seven Summits peaks himself, he declined to climb Mount Everest in 1992 due to asthma. Mount Everest, also called Sagarmatha (सगरमाथा meaning Head of the Sky) or Chomolungma, Qomolangma or Zhumulangma (in Asthma is a chronic Condition involving the Respiratory system in which the airways occasionally constrict become inflamed, and are  He also later returned to Antarctica to climb again.
Fossett competed in and completed premier endurance sports events, including the 1,165 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, in which he finished 47th on his second try in 1992 after training for five years. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, usually just called the " Iditarod " is an annual Sled dog race in Alaska, where mushers He became the 270th person to swim across the English Channel on his fourth try in September 1985 with a time of 22 hours, 15 minutes.  Although Fossett said he was not a good enough swimmer "to make the varsity swim team", he found that he could swim for long periods.  Fossett has run in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii (finishing in 1996 in 15:53:10), the Boston Marathon, and the Leadville Trail 100, a 100-mile Colorado ultramarathon which involves running up elevations of more than 14,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains. The State of Hawaii ( or həˈwaɪʔiː Hawaiian: Mokuāina o Hawaii) is a state in the United States located on an Archipelago in the The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon sporting event hosted by the city of Boston, Massachusetts The Leadville Trail 100 Ultramarathon (aka The Race Across The Sky or the LT100) first run in 1983, is an Ultramarathon held annually on trails The State of Colorado ( or chiefly by nonresidents) is a state located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States of America. An ultramarathon (also called ultra distance) is any sporting event involving Running longer than the traditional Marathon length of 42 Mountain peaks of the Rocky Mountains The Rocky Mountains, often called the Rockies, are a Mountain range in western North America. 
Fossett had raced cars in the mid-1970s and later returned to the sport in the 1990s.  He competed in the 24 hours of Le Mans road race twice, in 1993 and in 1996, along with the Paris to Dakar Rally. The 24 Hours of Le Mans ( 24 Heures du Mans) is a sports car endurance race held annually since near the town of Le Mans, Sarthe, The Dakar Rally (or simply " The Dakar " formerly known as "The Paris Dakar" or "Paris to Dakar Rally" and now as "The Lisboa Dakar" is 
Fossett tried six times over seven years for the first solo balloon circumnavigation. His fifth attempt cost him $1. 25 million of his own money; his sixth and successful attempt was commercially sponsored.  One unsuccessful balloon flight ended when Fossett plummeted five miles into the Coral Sea off Australia. The Coral Sea is a Marginal sea off the north-east coast of Australia. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics.  Two of the attempts were launched from Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis, and Washington University in St. Busch Memorial Stadium, or Busch Stadium was the home of the St Louis served as control center for four of the six flights, including the record-breaking one. 
In 1998, one of the unsuccessful attempts at the ballooning record ended with a five-mile plummet into the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia that nearly killed Fossett; he waited 72 hours to be rescued, at a cost of $500,000. The Coral Sea is a Marginal sea off the north-east coast of Australia. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics.  The first attempt began in the Black Hills of South Dakota and ended in New Brunswick 1800 miles later. South Dakota ( is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States of America. New Brunswick ( French: Nouveau-Brunswick /nuvobʁɔnzwik/ is one of Canada 's three Maritime provinces and is the only constitutionally The second attempt, launched from Busch Stadium, cost $300,000 and lasted 9,600 miles before being downed halfway in a tree in India; the trip set records at the time for duration and distance of flight (with Fossett doubling his own previous record) and was called Solo Spirit after Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout  Fossett slept an average of two hours a night for the six-day journey, conducted in below-zero temperatures. After taking too much fuel to cross the Atlantic Ocean and circling Libya for 12 hours while officials decided whether or not to allow him into their airspace, Fossett did not have enough fuel to finish the flight. Libya ( ليبيا ar-Latn Lībiyā; Libyan vernacular: Lībya; Amazigh:) officially the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab That year, Fossett flew farther for less money than better-financed expeditions (including one supported by Richard Branson) in part due to his ability to fly in an un-pressurized capsule, a result of his heavy physical training at high altitudes.  The Solo Spirit capsule was put on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum across from the Apollo 11. 
After making an unscheduled landing in a plane, Fossett once walked 30 miles for help. 
In 2002, Fossett received aviation's highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and in July 2007, he was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI is the world governing body for Air sports and Aeronautics and Astronautics world records The American National Aviation Hall of Fame is located at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, east  He was presented at the ceremony by Dick Rutan. Richard Glenn "Dick" Rutan (born July 1 1938 is an Aviator who piloted the Voyager aircraft around the world non-stop with the assistance of Jeana
In 1997, Fossett was inducted into the Balloon and Airship Hall of Fame.  In February 2002, Fossett was named America's Rolex Yachtsman of the Year by the American Sailing Association at the New York Yacht Club. Rolex SA is a Swiss manufacturer of Wristwatches and accessories The American Sailing Association promotes recreational Sailing in the United States of America by administering a system of sailing qualifications Clubhouses In 1845 the club’s first clubhouse was established -- a modest Gothic-revival building in Hoboken New Jersey, on land donated by Commodore  He was the oldest recipient of the award in its 41-year history, and he was the only recipient to fly himself to the ceremony in his own plane. 
He received the Explorers Medal from the Explorers Club following his solo balloon circumnavigation. The Explorers Club was founded in New York, NY in 1904 The club as explained in its charter was formed to further general Exploration, to spread knowledge of the He was given the Diplôme de Montgolfier by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in 1996. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI is the world governing body for Air sports and Aeronautics and Astronautics world records He received the Harmon Trophy, given annually "to the world's outstanding aviator and aeronaut", in 1998 and 2002. Harmon Trophyjpg|thumb|200px|right|The Harmon Aviatrix Trophy]]The Harmon Trophy is a set of three international trophies to be awarded annually to the world's outstanding aviator aviatrix He received the Grande Médaille de l'Aéro Club de France and the British Royal Aero Club's Gold Medal in 2002. The Royal Aero Club ( RAeC) is the national co-ordinating body for Air Sport in the United Kingdom. He received the Order of Magellan and the Médaille de l'Aéronautique République Française in 2003. The Order of Magellan is an honor bestowed on distinguished individuals who have Circumnavigated the earth and who over the course of their career have contributed to the world 
Fossett has also received numerous awards related to his work with the Boy Scouts of America, where he was called a "legend" among fellow scouts. The Boy Scouts of America ( BSA) is the largest youth organization in the United States with over five million  In 2007, Fossett succeeded Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as president of the National Eagle Scout Association. Robert Michael Gates (born September 25 1943) is currently serving as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense. The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA pronounced nee sah) is an organization of men who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America Fossett was a longtime member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and a former member of the World Scout Committee. The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM is the Non-governmental international organization which governs most national Scout Organizations, with 28 million  Fossett has received both the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and the Silver Buffalo award. The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA is a distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Buffalo Award is the national-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America.  He was also a member of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts' honor society. The Order of the Arrow ( OA) is the national Honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA 
The Scaled Composites White Knight Two Spirit of Steve Fossett, was named in Fossett's honor by his friend Richard Branson, in 2007. Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950 is an English Business magnate, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies 
At 8:45 am, on Monday, September 3, 2007, Fossett took off in a single-engine Bellanca Super Decathlon airplane from a private airstrip known as Flying-M Ranch ( ), near Smith Valley, Nevada, 30 miles south of Yerington, near Carson City and the California border. Events 36 BC - In the Battle of Naulochus, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Admiral of Octavian, defeats Sextus Pompeius Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. AviaBellanca Aircraft Corporation is an American Aircraft design and manufacturing company WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout Overview Fixed-wing aircraft range from small training and recreational aircraft to Wide-body aircraft and military cargo aircraft. The Flying-M Ranch is owned by hotel magnate and billionaire Barron Hilton in unincorporated Lyon County, Nevada, United States. Smith Valley is a Census-designated place (CDP in Lyon County, Nevada, United States. Nevada ( is a state located in the western region of the United States of America. Yerington is a city in Lyon County, located in western Nevada, USA. The airfield is owned by Barron Hilton and is the site of the biennial Barron Hilton Cup invitational soaring encampment. William Barron Hilton I (born October 23 1927 is an American heir and Hotelier, co-chairman of the Hilton Hotel chain and the original owner of Barron Hilton Cup (BHC is a world-wide Soaring contest, founded by Barron Hilton, Chairman of the Board and President of the Hilton Hotels Corporation, Gliding is a Recreational activity and competitive Sport in which pilots fly un-powered aircraft known as Gliders or sailplanes
According to CNN, the search for Fossett began about six hours later. Cable News Network, usually referred to by its Initialism CNN, is a major English language Television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner The aircraft has tail number N240R registered to the "Flying M Hunting Club, Inc. " There was no signal from the plane's emergency locator transmitter (ELT) designed to be automatically activated in the event of a crash, but it was of an older type notorious for failing to operate after a crash. In the field of Search and Rescue (SAR distress radio beacons, also collectively known as distress beacons, emergency beacons, or simply beacons  It was at first thought that Fossett may have also been wearing a Swiss-made Breitling Emergency watch with a manually operated ELT having a range of up to 90 miles, but no signal was received from it, and on September 13, 2007, Fossett's wife Peggy issued a statement clarifying that he owns such a watch, but was not wearing it when he took off for the Labor Day flight. Breitling is a brand of Swiss Watches from the Canton of Jura. Events 509 BC - The Temple of Jupiter on Rome 's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
Fossett took off with enough fuel for four to five hours of flight, according to Civil Air Patrol spokesperson Maj. The Civil Air Patrol ( CAP) is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF Cynthia S. Ryan.  A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson noted that Fossett apparently did not file a flight plan, and was not required to do so. The Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA) is an agency of the United States Department of Transportation with authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of Flight plans are documents filed by pilots or a Flight Dispatcher with the local Civil Aviation Authority (e  On the second day, teams of ten aircraft searched but found no trace of wreckage after scouring a large area of rugged terrain.  By the fourth day, the Civil Air Patrol was using fourteen aircraft in the search effort, including one equipped with the ARCHER system that could automatically scan detailed imaging for a given signature of the missing aircraft. The Civil Air Patrol ( CAP) is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF The Airborne Real-time Cueing Hyperspectral Enhanced Reconnaissance, also known by the acronym ARCHER, is an aerial imaging system that produces ground images far more detailed  By September 10, 2007, search crews had found eight previously uncharted crash sites, some of which are decades old, but none related to Fossett's disappearance. Events 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul meet in the Council of Agde. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Out of hundreds of tips received, authorities said they were focusing on four they considered credible.  About two dozen aircraft were involved in the search. 
On September 7, 2007, Google Inc. helped the search for the aviator through its connections to contractors that provide satellite imagery for its Google Earth software. Events 1251 BC - A Solar eclipse on this date might mark the birth of legendary Heracles at Thebes Greece. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Google Inc is an American public corporation, earning revenue from advertising related to its Internet search, e-mail, online Satellite imagery consists of photographs of Earth or other planets made by means of Artificial satellites. Google Earth is a Virtual globe program that was originally called Earth Viewer and was created by Keyhole Inc, a company acquired by Google in 2004 Richard Branson, Fossett's British billionaire friend, said he and others were coordinating efforts with Google to see if any of the high-resolution pictures might include Fossett's aircraft. Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950 is an English Business magnate, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located
On September 8, 2007, the first of a series of new high resolution imagery from DigitalGlobe was made available via the Amazon Mechanical Turk beta website so that users could flag potential areas of interest for searching, in what is known as crowdsourcing. Events 70 - Roman forces under Titus sack Jerusalem. 1264 - The Statute of Kalisz Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. DigitalGlobe, of Longmont Colorado, USA, is a privately held commercial vendor of space imagery and geospatial content and operator of civilian The Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk is one of the suite of Amazon Web Services, a Crowdsourcing marketplace that enables computer programs to co-ordinate the use of Crowdsourcing is a Neologism for the act of taking a task traditionally performed by an employee or Contractor, and Outsourcing it to an undefined generally By 11 September 2007, up to 50,000 people had joined the effort scrutinizing more than 300,000 squares of the high resolution imagery. Events 9 - The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest ends 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The volunteers inspected each 278-foot-square area and flagged any that they believe contained something worthy of follow up. Squares flagged by several people were given greater scrutiny. Peter Cohen of Amazon believed that the entire search area had been covered at least once by 11 September 2007. Events 9 - The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest ends 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Amazon's search effort was shutdown the week of 29 October 2007 without any concrete success leaving many participants with mixed feelings. 
Survival experts hosted by news organizations CNN and MSNBC reported on September 12, 2007 that Fossett was likely to be dead. Events 1213 - Albigensian Crusade: Simon de Montfort 5th Earl of Leicester, defeats Peter II of Aragon at the Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  On September 17, 2007, the Nevada Wing of the Civil Air Patrol reported that they were suspending all flights in connection with their search operations, but National Guard and private search flights continued, as well as ground searches. Events 1176 - The Battle of Myriokephalon is fought 1462 - The Battle of Świecino (or Battle of Żarnowiec Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
The NTSB has begun a preliminary investigation into the likely crash of the plane that Fossett was flying. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB is an independent U  The preliminary report originally stated that Fossett was "presumed fatally injured and the aircraft substantially damaged", but was later revised to remove that assumption.  Fossett's friend and fellow explorer, Sir Richard Branson has publicly made similar statements. 
On September 19, 2007, authorities confirmed they would stop actively looking for him in the Nevada Desert, but would keep air crews on standby to fly to possible crash sites. Events 335 - Dalmatius is raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle Constantine I. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. "Nobody is giving up on this man", said department spokesman. "The search is going to continue. It's just going to be scaled back", he said.  However, on September 30, 2007 it was announced that after further analysis of radar data from the day of his disappearance, ground teams and two aircraft had resumed the search. Events 1399 - Henry IV is proclaimed King of England. 1744 - France and Spain defeat the Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  On October 2, 2007, the Civil Air Patrol announced it had called off its search operation. Events 1187 - Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
On November 27, 2007, Fossett's wife petitioned the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago to declare Fossett legally dead, constituting a step towards resolving the legal status of his estate. Events 1095 - Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. In Law, death in absentia is the status of a person who has been declared legally dead.  On February 15, 2008, Judge Jeffrey Malak declared Fossett legally dead. 
On November 26, 2007, Mrs. Events 43 BC - The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus ("Octavian" later "Caesar Augustus" Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Fossett filed a petition in Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court to have Steve Fossett declared legally dead. Cook County is a county in the US state of Illinois. It is the second most populous county in the United States after Los Angeles  On January 16, 2008, a judge stated that Mrs. Events 27 BC - The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Fossett would have to testify in court for her motion before the judge could rule Mr. Fossett legally dead.  Cook County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Malak, a probate judge, declared Fossett legally dead on February 15, 2008. Events 590 - Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia 1637 - Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common 
Fossett's story was detailed in the March, 2008 Chicago magazine feature, "Without A Trace. Chicago is a monthly magazine published by the Tribune Company. "
On May 1, 2008, the Las Vegas Review-Journal ran an article citing Nevada State Governor Jim Gibbons' spokesperson Ben Kieckhefer, in which it was claimed that Kieckhefer had indicated that the Governor had decided to direct the state to charge the family of the late Steve Fossett for the monetary expenses incurred whilst conducting the search for Fossett and his assumed plane wreck, at a cost of $687,000. Events 305 - Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common The Las Vegas Review-Journal is published in Las Vegas Nevada, United States Jim Gibbons may refer to Jim Gibbons (United States politician (born 1944 Republican governor of Nevada  This early report was later downplayed by Kieckhefer, who told the Tahoe Daily Tribune that they did not intend to involuntarily bill Fossett's widow, but that such a payment would be voluntary, stating "We are going to request that they help offset some of these expenses, considering the scope of the search, the overall cost as well as our ongoing budget difficulties".  Hotelier Barron Hilton, from whose ranch Fossett had departed on the day he went missing, had previously volunteered $200,000 to help pay for the search costs, which previously totalled $687,000. William Barron Hilton I (born October 23 1927 is an American heir and Hotelier, co-chairman of the Hilton Hotel chain and the original owner of  Both reports were carried by the Associated Press. The Associated Press ( AP) is an American News agency. The AP is a Cooperative owned by its contributing Newspapers radio
In his later comments to the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Kieckhefer denied outright that a bill for the family was being prepared, indicating, "It will probably be in the form of a letter", which Kieckhefer indicated would include a financial outline of the steps taken by the state, associated costs, and a mention of the state's ongoing budget difficulties. 
Days prior to this announcement, state Emergency Management Director Frank Siracusa noted that there is no precedent where government will go after people for costs just because they have money to pay for it. You get lost, and we look for you. It is a service your taxpayer dollars pay for, although he conceded that legally any decision would rest with the State Governor of Nevada, Jim Gibbons. Nevada ( is a state located in the western region of the United States of America. James Arthur "Jim" Gibbons (born December 16 1944) is the 28th and current governor of the U At an April 10, 2008 Legislature's Interim Finance Committee hearing, Siracusa indicated that he had hired an independent auditor to review costs incurred by the state in searching for Fossett, but added, "We are doing an audit but not because we are critical of anybody or suspect something was done wrong". Events 879 - Louis III becomes King of the Western Franks. 1407 - the lama 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common  Chairman Morse Arberry queried Siracusa as to why, since they lacked funds, had the state not billed the Fossett family for its search costs, to which Siracusa did not directly respond.  In his later interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he stated that his comments to the Committee may have given the false impression that he had hired an auditor for the purpose of later challenging the state's financial burden incurred on it's behalf by the National Guard during the search operation.  Upon interview regarding reports that the state would seek payment, Chairman Morse Arberry was recorded as stating that he was glad to hear steps were being taken to try to recoup some of the costs.