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The aircraft will overnight at Madison July 24 and make a scheduled arrival (most likely early afternoon) at AirVenture on opening day. Melvill said they'll do several passes and possibly an afterburner climb before touching down. It's not known if any flights will be held during the show but Melvill promised to make a similarly splashy exit the following Sunday. The space plane may share center stage with another Scaled creation that (hopefully) will have set another impressive record by then. Poberezny said there have been talks with Steve Fossett to have GlobalFlyer at this year's AirVenture. GlobalFlyer remains grounded in Salina, Kan., awaiting favorable weather to embark on a nonstop solo flight around the world sometime soon (maybe March 1). The jet-powered GlobalFlyer is expected to circumnavigate the earth in 80 hours or less on a single tank (actually, there are 13) of fuel.