News of Records
In March 1999, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones achieve the first round-the-world flight in a balloon, aboard the Breitling Orbiter III, from March 1 to March 21 1999.
Maryse Bastié, France, is the first holder of an FAI women's record.
First rotorcraft record logged by the FAI: on April 18 1924, in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, the Marquis de Perscara, on board a twin-rotor craft of his own invention equipped with a Hispano-Suiza engien, covered a distance of 736 meters in a straight line.
Ramón Morillas Salmeron flew 1105 km from Jerez, Cadiz (Spain) to Lanzarote, Canaries (Spain) with an Advance Omega 7 paraglider.
On April 12, 1961, Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth in Vostok 1 (Vostok 3KA-3) on a flight lasting 108 minutes and became the first human being to leave the confines of the Earth's atmosphere.