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Fossett Ends Record-Setting Flight Attempt

March 17, 2006

SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Adventurer Steve Fossett completed his attempt Friday to fly farther than anyone departing and landing at the same spot.

Fossett landed the GlobalFlyer, an experimental aircraft, at Salina Municipal Airport a few hours ahead of schedule, at 9:06 a.m. CST.

It was not immediately clear whether he succeeded in breaking the existing closed-circuit flight record of nearly 25,000 miles, set in 1986 by Richard Rutan and Jeana Yeager.

Fossett left Salina on Tuesday morning and took roughly the same route as a record-setting flight last year, but added some turns to increase the total mileage.

The earlier flight, also out of Salina, marked the world’s first solo nonstop trip around the globe. Fossett returned after 23,000 miles and 67 hours. Last month, he broke the record for the world’s longest aircraft flight, traveling 26,389 miles in about 76 hours.

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