Of the great aviation mysteries in the world there are two that, up until recently, remained the most enduring: “What Happened to Amelia Earhardt” and “What Happened to Steve Fossett.” Earhart is still missing. The Fossett mystery has been solved.
A solid documentary on Discovery Channel last night put the pieces of what happened to the “millionaire adventurer” during his last flight– a rather routine one in a DeCathalon last year in Nevada. It took a year to discover the crash site. Despite millions of dollars spent on the search, the full weight of the U.S. government, and thousands of volunteers, the clues that lead to Fossett’s discovery were ultimately made by a hiker.
Discovery called Fossett “the world’s greatest aviator.” It’s hard to argue with that assessment.
Often, the media gets stories about aviation accidents entirely wrong. But Discovery has a long history of solid aviation programming and this documentary was well-reported.
It was an intriguing mystery with a sad ending. Discovery did a good job of helping to unravel the mystery, while paying homage to a man who represented all that is good about aviation.