The adventurer Steve Fossett disappeared flying a Bellance Super Decathalon on September 3, 2007 while exploring a location to set the world’s absolute land speed record called “Target 800 mph”. He had taken off from the Flying M Ranch near Yerington, NV around mid-morning and failed to return by late afternoon. The Civil Air Patrol began its search the following day using 6 fixed wing aircraft and 3 helicopters on Wednesday September 5, 2007 after high winds forced the search to end on Tuesday afternoon. A National Guard C-130 was used with infrared imaging equipment and as the search wore on more and more aircraft, helicopters and rented aircraft joined in the search.
On October 2, 2007 the search was officially declared over, and on November 26, 2007 Fossett’s wife asked that he be declared legally dead. This request was granted on February 15, 2008. However, two new searches have been launched to locate Fossett, the first beginning on July 14, 2008 and a second search will begin in August if the first search is unsuccessful. The first search team is lead by Canadian adventurer Simon Donato consisting of ten athletic team members who will search primarily on foot, allowing them to look under the tree canopy and into the deep dark canyons. The second group would be led by Robert Hyman and consist of experts in aviation, hiking and mountain climbing. Hyman believes it is important to understand why the search for Fossett ended in failure, and improve the methodology for search and rescue operations. If you would like to follow the latest attempt you can see the daily logs at The search for Steve Fossett.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7