Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card During the longest-flight attempt, Fossett is expected to pilot the aircraft to altitudes of about 45,000 feet and at speeds faster than 285 mph. The flight path goes over Atlantic Ocean to Northern Africa, India, China, the Pacific Ocean, Mexico and then across the Atlantic Ocean a second time before ending in the United Kingdom. Last March, Fossett made history by piloting the GlobalFlyer on the first solo, nonstop flight around the world. That flight covered 20,373 miles. Burt Rutan designed the GlobalFlyer, built by his Scaled Composites company in Mojave. Rutan also designed the Voyager aircraft. The aircraft’s construction, the round-the-world flight last year and this record attempt have all been bankrolled by Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire who founded Virgin Atlantic airlines. MOJAVE – Adventurer Steve Fossett is planning to start his attempt for history’s longest distance nonstop airplane flight Tuesday. In a mission update, Fossett said he plans to fly the Mojave-built GlobalFlyer sometime next week, with Tuesday looking like the best date. Weather permitting, Fossett plans to take off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a flight that will cover about 26,000 miles and will last about 80 hours. “With the wind forecast, (mission controller) Kevin Stass has found that February 7 will be a faster flight than February 8,” Fossett said in the mission update. “Unless a better day shows up in later forecasts, we plant to launch on February 7.” The GlobalFlyer team hopes to break the distance records of 24,987 miles for the longest aircraft flight, set by the Voyager airplane in 1986, and the 25,361-mile mark set by the balloon Breitling Orbiter 3 in 1999.