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The Future


There are many planned around-the-world attempts including one to fly at the edge of space at 130,000 feet in a pressurized NASA designed space capsule balloon.

History of Ballooning


OVER 200 YEARS AGO in 1783, ONE OF MAN’S OLDEST DREAMS CAME TRUE
to fly with the birds…

The Present



1978

June 11-13. First Atlantic crossing by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman. 3,108 miles.


1981

November 10-12. First Pacific crossing by Ben Abruzzo, Larry Newman, Ron Clark and Rocky Aoki. 5,768 miles.


1988

June 6. Highest flight. Per Lindstrand reaches a height of 65,000 feet.


1991

January 13-20. Longest flight. Steve Fosset attempts to fly around the world. He flies 9004.5 miles before international politics force him to land.


1999

Brian Jones and Bertrand Piccard fly around the world in 20 days and 20 nights. Flying from Switzerland around the world landing in North Africa.


2003

Steve Fossett completes the first solo around the world flight from Australia and landing back in Australia. The flight takes 13 days and 13 nights.


The Past

Various methods were attempted, usually running and jumping off buildings and cliffs with bird wings attached.



1783

September 19 – France. Ettienne de Montgolfiere experiment in Paris before King Louis XVI. A cock, a duck and a sheep were sent up on board the “Martial” balloon.
November 21. Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis D’Arandres become the first men to make an aerial journey. Lifting off in a Montgolfiere type balloon, they fly over Paris.

1784

June 4. Elizabeth Tible becomes the first female aeronaut; she flew over Lyons, France, singing the opera.
June 24. Edward Warren, 13 years old, is the first to fly in the U.S.A. He was chosen because the lifting power of the balloon was too small to carry its builder, P. Carnes.

1785

January 7. The first international flight is from England to France. Jean Pierre Blanchard and Dr. Jefferies are the pilots.