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Photos: Cruising with GlobalFlyer

GlobalFlyer takes off with the goal of completing a nonstop around-the-world flight in 80 hours.

Cruising with GlobalFlyer

GlobalFlyer took off from Salina, Kan., on Tuesday with the goal of completing a nonstop around-the-world flight in 80 hours.

Credit: Virgin Atlantic

GlobalFlyer

Cruising with GlobalFlyer

GlobalFlyer's pilot, Steve Fossett, is already a well-known adventurer and balloonist. In past years, Fossett, 60, swam the English Channel and piloted a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop.

Credit: Virgin Atlantic

Steve Fossett

Cruising with GlobalFlyer

Pilot Steve Fossett poses with Sir Richard Branson, chairman and founder of Virgin Atlantic, the company behind the GlobalFlyer effort.

Credit: Virgin Atlantic

Steve Fossett and Richard Branson

Cruising with GlobalFlyer

GlobalFlyer over the Atlas Mountains of northwest Africa.

Credit: Virgin Atlantic

GlobalFlyer

Cruising with GlobalFlyer

A view from GlobalFlyer's window while the craft was in flight. This photo was taken in November.

Credit: Virgin Atlantic

View from GlobalFlyer's window

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