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Damage Delays GlobalFlyer Aircraft's Arrival at NASA Spaceport

A mishapthat caused considerable damage to a fuel-filled wing on the VirginAtlantic GlobalFlyer prompted record-setting pilot Steve Fossett topostpone plans to bring the craft to Kennedy Space Center this week.

Fossett had planned to fly the aircraft from Kansas to KSC on Friday. But oneof the GlobalFlyer's wings was damaged after the plane was fueled for a testflight.

Fossett and his team are trying to determine how long it will take to repairthe wing and retest the aircraft. It's unclear how long repairs will delay whatis being billed as "The Ultimate Flight," an attempt to pilotGlobalFlyer on the longest airplane or balloon flight in history.

The GlobalFlyer was built by Scaled Composites, Inc., a California companyheaded by legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan. The aircraft is a singlepilot, ultra-light aircraft designed for non-stop global circumnavigation.

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