Wednesday in Salina, Kansas turned out to be a hell day for the crew of the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer when a wing tip struck a fuel truck causing considerable damage. The planned repositioning flight from Salina to Kennedy Space Center in Florida that was to take place on Friday 6 January as previously planned is now in a holding pattern.
Steve Fossett, pilot of the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer for the Ultimate Flight, commented: “This could be a real set back for 'The Ultimate Flight' record attempt. Everyone involved in the record attempt is as disappointed as I am that repositioning could not take place as planned. We are currently assessing the damage for how long the repairs will take to see when we can get back on track.”It is not yet known whether this incident will impact the Globalflyer’s take-off date previously estimated to take place in early February.
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