Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Fossett is Up

Living on a diet of milkshakes, Steve Fossett has taken off from Cape Canaveral in his bid to break the world record for the longest uninterrupted flight. Fuel leakage problems which grounded the attempt on Tuesday have apparently been overcome.

The 61-year-old sped down the three mile runway, normally used for space shuttle landings, shortly before 1230. His aircraft, Richard Branson's Virgin GlobalFlyer, requires a long run up to get its massive payload of fuel airborne.

If all goes to plan, at the end of the 80 hour trip Fossett will have to extended the current record of 24,987 miles to over 26,000 miles. He will have discovered Thanet or at least Manston too. Trouble is that I won’t be here to see it all!


Anonymous said...

Milkshakes, aah there was something I used to enjoy in the little ice cream parlour near Birchington Station, they had one of those electric stainless steel whizzy things to make them with milk, ice cream and crusha syrup.
Then it was McDonalds, I went off theirs when I heard the staff refer to the banana one as merely "yellow".
The mix of sugar and fat can be good for curing a migraine headache in my experience.
If ever you go to the US try one at Steak and Shake. They are not cheap but they are very very good, and very creative with the ingredients.
An experience not to be missed.

I wonder if Steve Fossett has "product placement" or advertising connected with his milkshake diet?

Anonymous said...

anon again!
I wish Mr Fossett success in his mission, and hope for a safe landing at Manston. Any idea of e.t.a. please?

DrMoores said...

Iv's spoken with Mission Control and they can't be certain.. speed of the jetstream etc. Best guestmates are for late Saturday afternoon to evening but I'll keep you posted!

Anonymous said...

Re: his milkshake diet, it sounds more like he's making a bid to break the world record for the longest uniterrupted f*rt.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

Onion milkshakes, do they make your bottom cough? ;)