James Stephen Fossett (April 22, 1944 – c. September 3, 2007) was an American commodities trader, businessman, and adventurer. Fossett is the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon. He made his fortune in the financial services industry, and was best known for manyworld records, including five nonstop circumnavigations of the Earth: as a long-distance soloballoonist, as a sailor, and as a solo flight fixed-wing aircraft pilot.
A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, Fossett set 116 records in five different sports, 60 of which still stood when he disappeared.
On September 3, 2007, Fossett was reported missing after the plane he was flying over the Nevada desert didn’t return. Despite a month of searchers, Fossett couldn‘t be found. After a request from Fossett's wife, he was declared legally dead on February 15, 2008.
1944 — 2007
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