For the past several days one lone pilot in one very advanced airplane has been testing his own physical limits in an attempt to break a world record and fly further than any other aircraft in history.
The pilot is Steve Fossett, and his aircraft is the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. This is Fossett's second attempt to fly solo around the world.
The project is funded by Virgin Atlantic Airlines founder and British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.
At the half-way mark in Fossett's journey, VOA's Doug Bernard spoke with Mr. Branson for an update on the trip.