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(BBC)   Steve Fossett in danger of running low on fuel over Pacific, raising fears that plane's real pilot may be, in fact, Fossett's wife   (news.bbc.co.uk) divider line 58
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2005-03-02 04:20:06 PM
and his wife may be, in fact, Amelia Earhart
 
2005-03-02 04:20:36 PM
Hmmm, a lady driver joke. Clever.

Maybe we should make a joke about airplane food being bland too, I bet no one though of that.
 
2005-03-02 04:22:15 PM
I like his plane.
 
2005-03-02 04:22:21 PM
If it crashes into a Farmer's Market can we assume it was one of his grandparents flying the plane?

/all about sterotypes
 
2005-03-02 04:22:39 PM
maybe Terri Hatcher's plumber had soemthing to do with this.
 
2005-03-02 04:22:49 PM
And what is with these little bags of peanuts? I mean, why only three peanuts? Am I a hamster? Am I right, people?
 
2005-03-02 04:23:17 PM
I didn't even know he was trying this.

/goes back into hole
 
2005-03-02 04:26:54 PM
I for one welcome our stereotype alien overlords.

"There's two things I hate, Racists and the Dutch"

- Austin Powers (Michael Caine)
 
2005-03-02 04:26:57 PM
Every billionare in a balloon!
(Needs a little poopin')

Meh, close enough.
 
2005-03-02 04:27:52 PM
/all kidding aside

Over the Pacific Ocean is not a good place to go bingo fuel. Set her down Sir on dry land before you go feet wet or call your buddy @ the Pentagon & arrange for a #3 wire trip. Buzzy.
 
2005-03-02 04:28:39 PM
Yeah, well it wouldn't be a problem if he'd stopped to ask for directions!
 
2005-03-02 04:29:19 PM
I'm sorry, does anyone actually care what this assclown does?
 
2005-03-02 04:30:20 PM
The guy is a hack. Wasting all that money on one 'glorious' adventure after another. *shakes fist* Try doing something productive for a change.
 
2005-03-02 04:31:22 PM
Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
 
2005-03-02 04:32:15 PM
Fossett's trying to circle the world
but his dream is now coming unfurled
if he runs out of gas
he'll look like an ass
from the cockpit he'll surely be hurled
 
2005-03-02 04:32:22 PM
So, no headline voting on this one, huh?
 
2005-03-02 04:32:23 PM
Or, poor prior planning leads to piss poor performance.
 
2005-03-02 04:33:35 PM
Forget calling fuel, forget 3-wire, forget teh ball, get the net ready!

//Also, John Denver unavailable for comment...
 
2005-03-02 04:35:07 PM
Over the Pacific Ocean is not a good place to go bingo fuel. Set her down Sir on dry land before you go feet wet or call your buddy the Pentagon & arrange for a #3 wire trip. Buzzy.

I read a Tom Clancy book once too.
 
2005-03-02 04:35:12 PM
Mission controllers are at a loss to explain the discrepancy - whether the plane was incorrectly filled on the runway or it burnt off too much fuel in the early stages of the flight

A world record attempt, and nobody checked the gas tank?
 
2005-03-02 04:37:47 PM
Is there a record book for asshats? No? Well there should be one.
 
2005-03-02 04:38:10 PM
Hi, I'm a male who tolerates any stereotype unless its target is a woman, at which point I'll fall all over myself to demonstrate how open-minded and progressive I am by denouncing said stereotype. And I need a little help with the lid on this jar.
 
2005-03-02 04:39:18 PM
Could be he sucks at math and FUBARed his fuel/weight/distance calculations and left out variables like wind and turns.
 
2005-03-02 04:40:21 PM
A world record attempt, and nobody checked the gas tank?


This stick came up missing
 
2005-03-02 04:41:04 PM
A world record attempt, and nobody checked the gas tank?

Coulgn't find a match?

Sorry slow day
 
2005-03-02 04:43:50 PM
10,200 Newtons of thrust? Wow, flying around the world on only 10x the force of my fat ass. Gutsy.
 
2005-03-02 04:48:59 PM
 
2005-03-02 04:50:11 PM
Stupid Kansans, the fuel was supposed to be measured in metric.

But that's ok because Kansas is bigger than you think.
 
2005-03-02 04:50:33 PM
ahhh how I never tire of stories about silly people with too much money trying to achieve significance through a completely hollow and insignificant but public act.
 
2005-03-02 04:52:16 PM
He's really going to be embarassed when he finds out that you can buy tickets for round-the-world flights on Orbitz and Travelocity.
 
2005-03-02 04:54:39 PM
yaz Syphis: A world record attempt, and nobody checked the gas tank

They did check the tank, but, they did not test in detail for evaporation... Plus, judging by his climb rate, I will go out on a limb and say he floored it from takeoff until he hit Libya.
Just a guess.YMMV.
 
2005-03-02 04:57:12 PM
What a bummer...I would love to see this mission succeed.
 
2005-03-02 04:59:11 PM
Firewall that biatch!
 
2005-03-02 04:59:50 PM
Too bad if he fails...but fark it, that's what I'd be doing if I were that rich. fark charities, I'm gonna go out with a bang, probably also as a red paste spread over the country-side.
 
2005-03-02 05:04:26 PM
I lived in Salina.

/I have nothing else to add
 
2005-03-02 05:14:24 PM
Hmmm, a lady driver joke. Clever.

Maybe we should make a joke about airplane food being bland too, I bet no one though of that.M


I thought it just meant his wife was really fat. :)
 
2005-03-02 05:16:54 PM
He's well on his way to hawaii now..
 
2005-03-02 05:19:11 PM
.....and he forgot his Texaco credit card.
 
2005-03-02 05:19:17 PM
This will be quite a feat if he makes it. Everybody fart to the east to give him more tailwind.
 
2005-03-02 05:29:42 PM
Does the glider have goldenpalace.com on the side of it?
 
2005-03-02 05:52:21 PM
Wow, just imagine watching him crash, live!

/The internet is so...cool!
 
2005-03-02 06:10:23 PM
I seriously hope that this guy gets PWN3D by the Pacific. Steve Fossett somehow believes that people give a good God damn about him, and that what he does is this amazing stuff, that he's some amazing adventurer.

Basically, he's some delusional middle-aged egomaniac that has a lot of money to spend, and publicizes the hell out of his (personally) hyped-up exploits.

PLEASE, STOP! WE DON'T CARE!!!
 
2005-03-02 06:18:48 PM
Welcome to Salina, we have a really big runway!
 
2005-03-02 06:39:45 PM
He is currently in the middle of the pacific ocean.

Longitude Latitude
W176.81056 N32.82707
Altitude Speed
45,886ft 332.00 knots

www.globalflyer.com
 
2005-03-02 07:01:17 PM
John68: He is currently in the middle of the pacific ocean.

Hope there's a gas station nearby.....
 
2005-03-02 07:06:32 PM
I am seriously not impressed by this. You take off, climb to altitude, turn on the autopilot, and go to sleep. Use a satellite phone telemetry downlink to the ground crew who can monitor the aircraft systems/position while you sleep. At 45,000 feet he's above the weather. There's absolutely nothing he needs to do until it's time to land. Sheesh.
 
2005-03-02 07:10:21 PM
Over the Pacific Ocean is not a good place to go bingo fuel. Set her down Sir on dry land before you go feet wet or call your buddy the Pentagon & arrange for a #3 wire trip. Buzzy.

the_marq:

I read a Tom Clancy book once too.

LMAO. Funny shiat man. I was thinking the same thing...
 
2005-03-02 07:20:48 PM
If a tree falls on a mime in a forest...does anyone care?
 
2005-03-02 07:35:10 PM
I would, though, pay $19.95 to watch a steel-cage death match between Fossett and Richard Branson as long as it would mean I'd be subjected to one less asshat billionaire who thinks our lives revolve around watching his latest idiot stunt.
 
2005-03-02 07:46:31 PM
2005-03-02 07:35:10 PM john_frink

Well stated...
 
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