Thursday, March 03, 2005
Early on the morning of May 20th, 1927 Charles A. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field near New York City in The Spirit of Saint Louis. Thirty-three and a half hours later Lindbergh touched down in Paris at 10:22 pm local time. He had not slept in 55 hours.
On February 28th, 2005, nearly 78 years later, Steve Fossett took off from Salina Municipal Airport in central Kansas attempting to fly around the world solo, non-stop and without refueling. The 23,000 mile journey came to its successful conclusion today in Salina at 1:50 pm, 67 hours after it began.
Salina is not Paris and Fossett's plane, The GlobalFlyer wasn't stormed by an excited mob. There won't be giant parades to honor his feat and Fossett might not be included in high school history books. But his accomplishment today is, nonetheless, truly amazing.