Monday, August 04, 2008
Did Steve Fossett Fake his Own Death?
When Steve Fossett, the great adventurer, disappeared almost a year ago, the news really hit me hard.
I love flying and he was one of my heroes.
I even thought of going down to Nevada, renting a small plane, and joining in the search.
Sébastien brought me gently down to earth. OK not so gently.... more like a crash landing.
But now comes the real shocker.
Did Fossett fake his own death?
Last September, America's great aviation daredevil took off on a routine solo flight, and was never seen again. Now, as allegations of an elaborate double life begin to emerge, investigators are questioning whether he really died – or even crashed – at all.
So now I'm conflicted.
On the one hand I hope they eventually do find the wreckage...so this story can be laid to rest.
But on the other hand I can't help hoping that he survived.
That he's living on a remote tropical island. Resting in a hammock sipping a margarita. Poor but happy. Spinning fantastic tales to disbelieving islanders....about flying around the world without landing. And other crazy stuff.
Still the great adventurer.
Still my flying hero....