Following a collision between a refuelling truck and the wing tip of the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, the attempt to fly 41,900km (22,600nm) in about 80h will not take place until at least February. “We are assessing the damage for how long the repairs will take to see when we can get the record attempt back on track,“ says Steve Fossett, pilot of the 34.7m (114ft)-wingspan GlobalFlyer. The all-composite single-engine turbofan powered aircraft was being refuelled for a flight test at Kansas Salinas airport.

Source: Flight International