Ballooning: Let the Hot Air Begin

May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine
Outside magazine, November 1995

Ballooning: Let the Hot Air Begin
By Todd Balf (with Joe Glickman)

Get out your telescopes: No fewer than three international teams are scheduled to lift off this month in hopes of becoming the first to circumnavigate the world nonstop in a balloon. A Dutch team hopes to launch from the Netherlands in a $600,000 hot-air-and-helium hybrid that measures 210 feet. Transpacific record-setters Per Lindstrand and Richard Branson, aboard Virgin Flyer III, plan to begin the two-week journey from southeastern England. And 51-year-old Chicagoan Steve Fossett, who last February became the first balloonist to fly solo across the Pacific, will again go it alone, taking off from the, uh, historic Strato Bowl balloon launch site outside Rapid City, South Dakota.

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