And they’re off…. a round-the-world record attempt has begun

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Italian pilot Riccardo Mortara and Romanian Nicolae Buzaianu set off today at 06.30 GMT from Geneva on a mission to set the record for the fastest flight around the world.

The current world record is held by the late Steve Fossett who completed the course in his Virgin GlobalFlyer in 2005 in this same category, with a takeoff weight of between 9,000 and 12,000kg.

The pair along with their crew set off in a 30-year-old mid-size jet, a Rockwell Sabreliner 65 and plan to complete the course in under 67 hours and one minute and 10 seconds, the record set by Fossett in February 2006.

Mortara said of the jet: “She may be 30-years-old, but an aircraft is just a collection of spare parts constantly being changed. I have every confidence that this plane can get the job done. I’m counting on it.”

 

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2 Responses to And they’re off…. a round-the-world record attempt has begun

  1. Kevin Fox 20 March, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    Which record specifically are they trying to break? The GlobalFlyer holds the record for fastest nonstop, non-refueled circumnavigation, but Mortara’s attempt includes a series of stops and refueling.

    The record for the fastest arial circumnavigation including refueling stops is (I believe) held by the Concorde, which completed such a trip in 31 hours, 51 minutes in 1986.

    Is the current expedition’s goal to improve upon the 1986 record, or is there something that I’m missing?

  2. Tom Zorman 29 March, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    This mission goal was to set the “flight around the world, eastbound” in 9000-12000kg category.

    This is not the same type of record as Steve Fosset has set, so this mission was not to break this record, but to set the new one.

    Steve Fossett time of 67:01, as it is in same category, was taken as benchmark. Lately, another record from A. Palmer 57:26 came into focus and was taken as a reference to achieve although it was set in different category.

    As we know now, Mortara was on a way to accomplsh the mission in less than 53 hours, but lost 5 hours due to one and only vulcanic eruption in last 200 years on Iceland which caught the crew over Atlantic. Despite that, they finished the mission on alternative course and set (still unofficial) world records in their class.

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