Left on a jet plane. Now he's back again.

Congrats to "millionaire adventurer" Steve Fossett who has successfully become the first person to fly solo 'round the world. (No word on whether or not he found his lover.) Also, much-deserved congrats to my aerospace hero, Burt Rutan.

The first nonstop global flight without refueling was made in 1986 by Jeana Yeager and Dick Rutan, in the propeller-driven Voyager airplane. Dick Rutan's brother, Burt Rutan, is the designer of the GlobalFlyer and the Voyager as well as SpaceShipOne, which last year became the first privately developed craft to soar into outer space.

He is the future of aircraft.