MOJAVE – Adventurer Steve Fossett’s attempt at the longest nonstop flight in history will not take place until next week at the earliest because of an unusual hurdle: the Chinese New Year. The Mojave-built GlobalFlyer will stay on the ground at Kennedy Space Center in Florida through the week because of delays in getting clearance for flying over China. Because of the observance of the Chinese New Year, the earliest the GlobalFlyer team can get that clearance is Sunday. “After that, there is a strong possibility of good conditions as early as the 6th,” the GlobalFlyer team wrote in a mission update. “So we will be monitoring the round-the-world winds closely to establish if there is a launch window or not.” The GlobalFlyer team hopes to break the distance records of 24,987 miles for the longest aircraft flight, set by the Voyager airplane in 1986, and the 25,361-mile mark set by the balloon Breitling Orbiter 2 in 1989. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Burt Rutan designed the GlobalFlyer, built by his Scaled Composites company in Mojave. Rutan also designed the Voyager aircraft. The flight will be piloted by Fossett, who previously made a 20,373-mile solo nonstop flight around the world in the GlobalFlyer that concluded on March 3. During the longest-flight attempt, Fossett is expected to pilot the aircraft to altitudes of about 45,000 feet and at speeds faster than 285 mph. The attempt, described by the GlobalFlyer team as the ultimate flight, is expected to take about 80 hours to complete. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743
A Battle Ground man was arrested Friday by Newberg, Ore., police on charges he sent sexually explicit photos of himself to a 16-year-old female and intended to have sex with her.The suspect was identified in the McMinnville News-Register as Philip Badalamenti, 53. He was charged with one count each of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child, second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and soliciting third-degree sexual abuse. Officers responded at about 8 a.m. Friday to a call from a man who said he had detained a male who was stalking his niece, the News-Register reported.The teen told officers she had been chatting online with Badalamenti for a couple of days. When he showed up at her residence, she got scared and went to her uncle.Officers arrived at a residence in the 600 block of Dartmouth Street to find Badalamenti being detained by the teen’s uncle. Badalamenti admitted sending the photos of himself to the victim.