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Crossing the Atlantic with 370 helium balloons is pretty hardcore
09-12-2013, 11:34 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Holy crap, I'd never try it, but nice to see someone with enough balls to try. I'll follow this.


Daredevil IT manager attempts to cross the Atlantic simply by clinging to helium BALLOONS... but winds could blow him anywhere from Iceland to Morocco

Jonathan Trappe, 39, took off from Maine on Thursday morning and expects the journey to Europe will take him between 3 and 5 days

He could land anywhere between Iceland and Morocco

To control the aircraft, he will pop balloons or drop ballast

Five people have died during 12 conventional hot air balloon attempts

Read more & pics: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...LOONS.html


There's a video at link, but it doesn't work for me.

Here's one from a few months ago. damned.gif It looks pretty cozy inside, but NOPE, just no way.

09-13-2013, 12:01 AM #2
Softy Incognito Anonymous
Wow!!!,,,pretty balloons,,,cool,,,

better than the hot air,,,but still,,,

naw,,,probably not...

09-13-2013, 12:19 AM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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Yeah pretty damn cool.

Here's liftoff this morning

Here's a site with a lot of tracking on this guy including satellite and radio.


09-13-2013, 12:46 AM #4
j browsing Member
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hope no one is sitting out there in a boat with a bebe gun coffeetime.gif

"when life gives you lemons..throw them at someone"...Grumpy Cat good.png
09-13-2013, 12:57 AM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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He's currently traveling at 94 km/h 75° alt 4640 m, so I think chances are pretty slim. It would have to be the mother of all bb guns. scream.gif
09-13-2013, 06:50 AM #6
j browsing Member
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why do you ruin my fun..tissueguy.gifchuckle.gif

"when life gives you lemons..throw them at someone"...Grumpy Cat good.png
09-13-2013, 10:07 AM #7
Accidental Stoner Member
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Too much time on his hands, I guess.

Might run out real quick, though...

09-13-2013, 10:29 AM #8
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
Posts:1,771 Threads:45 Joined:Mar 2011
Damn ~ he needs all those balloons to get his big balls in the air.

Just for shits and giggles, I'm curious how many of those gas bags are redundant?
09-13-2013, 02:08 PM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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Quite a bit of them I can imagine. He has a whole bunch of ballasts so there's a little window before panic sets in there I would think.
09-13-2013, 02:39 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,220 Threads:1,576 Joined:Feb 2011
Oh well. He landed already. gaah.gif

The IT consultant from Raleigh, North Carolina, US, took off yesterday morning at 6.30am EST attempting to be the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean via cluster balloon.

Kevin Knapp, speaking from the command centre overseeing Trappe's flight, said: 'I can confirm that Jonathan was forced to abandon the planned flight at around 18.30 EST.

'Thankfully he is safe and well and currently making preparations to get home.

'While disappointing that he had to cut his quest across the Atlantic short, I know Jonathan thanks everyone for their support and encouragement.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...oblem.html
09-13-2013, 02:41 PM #11
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,220 Threads:1,576 Joined:Feb 2011
At least he made it to Canada. chuckle.gif

Blow Me Down Provincial Park no less!!! scream.gif



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