American businessman and a record-setting aviator, sailor, and adventurer (1944-2007) who was the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon and in a fixed-wing aircraft. Souvenir typescript headed "First Solo Round the World Airplane Flight," one page, 8.5 x 11, dated April 8, 2005, signed at the conclusion in blue ballpoint by Steve Fossett. The typescript, in part: "Success—and on the first attempt! The flight had its dramas. This was the first takeoff with full fuel. In the first 1,000 feet, acceleration was below the requirement for liftoff before the end of the 12,300 foot runway. Then acceleration improved and the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer leapt off the runway at the 8,000 foot mark…A brief bout of severe turbulence was encountered over the Gulf of Oman at 49,000 feet and I was unable to control the airplane in the thin air. A quick descent to 45,000 feet solved the problem…The results were most satisfying. In addition to the First Solo Nonstop RTW, my 22,936 mile flight broke two records held by the big guys: Jet Distance held by the B-52 at 12,523 miles and Jet Closed Circuit held by an Antonov at 12,521 miles." In fine condition.
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