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GlobalFlyer set for next record flight

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The flight will be piloted by Steve Fossett, who made a 20,373-mile solo nonstop flight around the world in the GlobalFlyer that concluded on March 3. The GlobalFlyer was designed by Burt Rutan and built at his Scaled Composites company at the Mojave Airport. The world record for a nonstop flight is held by Voyager, which was also designed by Rutan. The aircraft flew for 24,987 miles around the world in 1986. The longest flight by a balloon is held by the Breitling Orbiter 3, which flew for 25,361 miles in 1999. During the attempt for the longest flight, Fossett is expected to pilot the aircraft to altitudes of about 45,000 feet and at speeds faster than 285 mph. MOJAVE – The Mojave-built GlobalFlyer is being readied for another world record-setting flight, this time to break longest-flight records set by its Voyager predecessor in 1986 and a balloon in 1999. Virgin Atlantic Airways has signed an agreement with NASA to use Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the starting point for the flight, which is to cover 29,000 miles and end in London. No exact date has been set, but the flight is expected to take place in February. “Launching from the Kennedy Space Center at NASA will give both pilot and aircraft the ultimate launch pad for this ultimate flight,” said Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways. “We’re excited to be able to partner with NASA on this attempt, as it is a perfect combination of innovation and aspiration.” During Fossett’s around-the-world flight, GlobalFlyer had a mysterious loss of more than 3,000 pounds of fuel. Despite that, Fossett was able to complete the flight and still had 1,500 pounds of fuel when he landed. Engineers established that the fuel escaped through vents in the fuel tank behind the engine. Scaled Composites has since modified the aircraft. 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!last_img read more

Chan Gailey New Jets’ Offensive Chief

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first_imgNEW YORK — Chan Gailey will be running the New York Jets’ offense under new coach Todd Bowles.The Jets hired Gailey as their offensive coordinator on Jan. 20, a move that had been expected since Bowles became head coach On Jan. 14.The 63-year-old Gailey was out of football the last two seasons after being fired as Buffalo’s coach following the 2012 season. But Bowles targeted Gailey early to be a part of his staff, which is beginning to take shape.Both Bowles and new General Manager Mike Maccagnan were scheduled to be introduced at a news conference at the team’s facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, on Jan. 21.There appeared to be a holdup in Gailey joining the Jets as the sides worked out a contract the last few days, casting the hiring in some doubt. But the team announced the move and posted a picture of Gailey signing his deal on the Jets’ website.Gailey, who replaces Marty Mornhinweg, has previously served as the offensive coordinator under Dan Reeves in Denver, Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh, Dave Wannstedt in Miami and Herm Edwards in Kansas City.In a telephone interview with The Associated Press last week, Cowher said Gailey would provide Bowles with an experienced former NFL head coach he can lean on and a versatile offensive mind who isn’t “married” to a system.“What I like about Chan,” Cowher said, “is his ability to be flexible and get the players to understand and, at the same time, believe in what they’re doing.”One of Gailey’s primary tasks will be to try to upgrade the offense — which finished 22nd overall — and help determine whether Geno Smith can be the team’s starting quarterback.Smith struggled throughout his second season, but Gailey has had success over the years getting production out of his quarterbacks, including Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh, Jay Fiedler in Miami and Ryan Fitzpatrick in Buffalo.With the No. 6 pick in the draft, they Jets could also be in the running for one of the top available quarterbacks, such as Florida State’s Jameis Winston or Oregon’s Marcus Mariota — the last two Heisman Trophy winners.“When you look at the quarterbacks Chan has had, he’s had all styles and a lot of different types of quarterbacks,” said Cowher, a studio analyst for CBS. “The one thing that he’s very good at is putting guys in position where he utilizes guys’ skillsets. He’ll be diverse enough to give different looks, but he’ll play to the strengths of his football team.”Gailey, who was 34-46 in the regular season as an NFL head coach, has also served as head coach at Troy State, Samford and Georgia Tech.A former quarterback for the University of Florida, Gailey was a graduate assistant for the Gators in 1974 before beginning his coaching career as Troy State’s defensive backs coach in 1976.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more