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Steve Fossett

Steve FossettAKA James Stephen Fossett

Born: 22-Apr-1944
Birthplace: Jackson, TN
Died: 3-Sep-2007 [1]
Location of death: Smith Valley, NV (vicinity)
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Missing

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Aviator

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First to cross Pacific in a balloon

Thrill-seeking millionaire Steve Fossett made numerous flights in high-tech balloons, gliders and jets. He was last seen on 3 September 2007, taking off from an airstrip near Yerington, Nevada in an ordinary single-engine plane. Extensive searches yielded neither Fossett's plane nor his body, but at his wife's request he was declared legally dead by the Cook County Probate Court on 15 February 2008.

[1] Declared legally dead on 15 February 2008 by a Cook County court.

Wife: Peggy Viehland (m. 1968, until his death)

    University: BA, Stanford University (1966)
    University: MBA, Washington University in St. Louis (1968)
    Administrator: Trustee, Washington University in St. Louis

    Boy Scouts of America Executive Board Member
    Explorers Club
    Reuniting Our Country PAC
    Royal Geographical Society Fellow
    Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
    Eagle Scout
    National Aviation Hall of Fame 2007
    Silver Buffalo
    Declared Legally Dead Cook County, IL (15-Feb-2008)
    Famous Missing Persons plane missing over Nevada (3-Sep-2007)

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