James Stephen “Steve” Fossett was an American businessman and a record-setting aviator, sailor, and adventurer. He was the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon and in a fixed-wing aircraft. He made his fortune in the financial services industry and was 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 more than one hundred records in five different sports, sixty of which still stood at the time of his death. He broke three of the seven absolute world records for fixed-wing aircraft recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, all in his Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer. In 2002, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Aero Club of the UK, and was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007.
|Born:||James Stephen Fossett, April 22, 1944, Jackson, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Died:||September 3, 2007, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, U.S.|
|Cause of death:||Plane crash|
|Alma mater:||Garden Grove High School, Washington University in St. Louis, Stanford University|
|Known for:||setting a large number of world records as an adventurer, sailor and aviator|
About Steve Fossett
American adventurer and pilot who made five flights around the world, including one in a hot air balloon.
He made his fortune on Wall Street and used his earnings to fund his adventurous career in aviation.
He disappeared while preparing for a flight over Nevada.
He married Peggy Fossett in 1968.
He was a close friend of fellow adventurer and aviation pioneer Richard Branson.
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