...Mystery Of Lost Fuel Solved

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The mystery of the missing fuel, which caused concern that the flight might have to land short, has been solved -- it was lost overboard due to an error in the placement of fuel vents, Fossett said. When the air in the tanks expanded at high altitudes, fuel instead of air was vented overboard. Fossett said the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum has asked to acquire the GlobalFlyer for its Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia, and he intends for it to end up there ... but he has other plans for it first, though he wasn't yet ready to say exactly what. "I've always felt close to EAA and I feel that AirVenture is the most important and significant aviation meeting in the United States, because it represents general aviation," said Fossett. Fossett also sent the gondola from his 2002 record-breaking balloon flight to EAA AirVenture for display. "I hope my accomplishment with GlobalFlyer will inspire other pilots to take on and achieve adventures of their own." This year's show will run July 25-31, Monday to Sunday.