While in the air, Fossett took power naps no longer than 10 minutes each and drank a steady diet of milkshakes. His plane was equipped with a parachute pack holding a one-man raft and a satellite rescue beacon.
Branson_ who was beaming with pride throughout the conference_ said Fossett's record was a superhuman effort.
"He's just flown further than man, or woman, has ever flown," said Branson. "He has had pretty much no sleep since he set off from Kennedy a few days ago, and he has been through an incredible amount."
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