The day of the first solo balloon flight around the world – level 3


On January 8, 1996, Steve Fossett took off from South Dakota with his balloon for his first attempt at flying around the world. However, his journey ended in only three days. He tried to fly around the world three more times, but he always failed.

On March 20, 1999, Bertrand Picard and Brian Jones were the first to fly nonstop around the world in a balloon. Their journey lasted 20 days.

Steve Fossett announced that he wanted to be the first to do the same as a single pilot. His fifth attempt failed again because he ran out of oxygen, and he had to stop his flight in Brazil.

In 2002, the sixth attempt came and it was a successful one. He completed his flight on July 2, 2002, in Australia. The landing was rough, but Fossett survived it, like many of his earlier adventures.

Difficult words: attempt (to try to do something difficult), ran out of (to use all of something), rough (very difficult).

What do you think motivated Steve Fossett to keep trying to become the first person to fly around the world alone?


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