Steve Fossett has attempted six times to be the first person to fly around the world in a hot air balloon solo.
1st Attempt (February 1995)
Steve Fossett made his first balloon attempt in February 1995. He took off in Seoul, South Korea, and he landed in Mend ham, Saskatchewan. During his first attempt he completed the first solo Pacific crossing.
2nd Attempt (January 1997)
Steve Fosset made his second attempt to make it around the world in January 1997. He flew from St. Louis, Missouri, and landed in Sultanpur, India. During this attempt he made the first crossing of the African continent. He also broke the distance record for the solo balloon flight.
3rd Attempt (January 1998)
Steve Fossett made his third attempt in January 1998. He made the first crossing of the European continent during his third attempt, but at 11:27 UTICA he was forced the land near Grechanaya Balka, Russia on January 5, 1998.
4th Attempt (August 7, 1998)
Steve Fossett made his fourth balloon attempt to make it around the world in a hot air balloon solo on August 7, 1998. The conditions were looking very good. His balloon launched from Mendoza, Argentina. He was then forced to land in the Coral Sea, on August 17, 2001.
5th Attempt (December 1998)
Steve Fossett made his fifth attempt in December of 1998. In this attempt though he was not alone. He teamed up with Richard Branson, and Per Linstrand. They were doing very well until they had to ditch close to Hawaii.
6th Attempt (August 4, 2001)
Steve Fossett made his sixth attempt on August 4, 2001.
His sixth attempt was said to be his last attempt for a while so he could
rest. He left Western Australia at 7:08 a.m. He then had to land near the
Brazilian city, Bage at about 7 a.m. on August 17, 2001.
Steve's life as a Balloonist
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