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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Millionaire Adventurer is Missing

MINDEN, Nevada -- U.S. National Guard C-130s and helicopters with infrared and thermal imaging equipment scoured the soaring peaks and sagebrush desert of northwest Nevada on Thursday for any sign of missing adventurer Steve Fossett.

Fossett disappeared Monday after taking off from a private airstrip in a single-engine plane to scout sites for an attempt at a land-speed record in a rocket-propelled car.

The painstaking search across more than 1,500 square kilometers has covered only a fraction of the territory that could be hiding the airplane. Finishing the flyovers of the most likely landing spots could take another week.

The Civil Air Patrol and additional flight crews were scheduled to resume a full search early Friday.

Fossett's friends and search leaders remained confident that the world-famous adventurer is alive. They point to his experience climbing some of the world's best-known peaks, including the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

"If anyone has to be lost out there, this man has the skills to survive," Nevada Civil Air Patrol Major Cynthia Ryan said Wednesday. "With water, he could live out there for two weeks."

Fossett's single-engine plane, a Bellanca Citabria Super Decathlon, carried both water and food, but there also were troubling signs. The missing plane's locator device has not sent a signal, and there has been no communication from the plane's radio.