Optimism Begins To Wane In Search For Missing Aviator

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Searchers are still searching for aviator Steve Fossett in rugged terrain in Nevada.

Fossett, whose balloon exploits have made him famous, disappeared six days on a flight to look for an area to attempt a land speed record.

He filed no flight plan.

Fossett has a home in the Vail area and many friends in the Colorado business and aviation community.

As many as 45 planes have been up looking for him.

John Bugler, a long-time friend, said nothing has been found.

The 63-year-old Fossett adventurer is a skilled survivalist who has scaled some of the world's highest mountains and survived several failed attempts to circle the globe in a balloon.

He finally made it.

He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in July.

He told a crowd gathered at the Dayton Convention Center in Ohio that he will continue flying.

The Wings over the Rockies Museum in Aurora planned to give him another award in November.

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