Aviation Hall Of Fame Honors Fossett

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Adventurer Steve Fossett, the first person to fly solo in a balloon around the globe, was among those inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame Saturday.

The 63-year-old Fossett of Beaver Creek, CO says he plans to go to Argentina in November in an effort to break a glider record.

In 2002, Fossett became the first person to fly around the world alone in a balloon.

Three years later, he became the first person to fly a plane solo around the world without refueling.

He and a co-pilot also claim to have set a world glider altitude record of 50-thousand-671 feet during a flight in August over the Andes Mountains.

Other inductees include astronaut Sally Ride.

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