STEVE FOSSETT Biography - Pioneers, Explorers & inventors


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Name: James Stephen Fossett                                                           
Born: April 22, 1944 Jackson, Tennessee                                               
James Stephen Fossett (born April 22, 1944) is an American aviator, sailor, and       
adventurer who has been missing with his plane since September 3, 2007. Fossett       
was the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon. He made       
his fortune in the financial services industry and is best known for many world       
records, including five nonstop circumnavigations of the Earth: as a long-distance   
solo balloonist, as a sailor, and as a solo flight fixed-wing aircraft pilot.         
A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and The Explorers Club, Fossett set       
116 records in five different sports, 60 of which still stand.                       
Fossett was reported missing after the plane he was flying over the Nevada           
desert failed to return.Despite more than one month of searches by the Civil         
Air Patrol and others, Fossett has not been located, and the search by CAP was       
called off on October 2, 2007. However, privately-funded and directed search         
efforts continue. On November 26, 2007, Fossett's wife requested that Fossett be     
declared legally dead.