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!