Adventurer Prepares to Fly Across Atlantic Ocean Using Balloons

Adventurer Prepares to Fly Across Atlantic Ocean Using BalloonsPhoto Courtesy of The Telegraph

Jonathan Trappe, 38, is no stranger to traveling by cluster-ballooning; in 2010, he flew 22 miles across the English Channel to Belgium sitting in a chair strapped to 54 helium balloons. Next summer, he wants to up the ante and traverse the Atlantic Ocean, a distance of roughly 2500 miles, requiring a lifeboat tied to 365 helium balloons.  

The Disney-esque adventure is no joke, though—not only has it never been done before, but five other people have died attempting to accomplish the feat. He has already spent about $170,000 on various costs, and is looking to raise another $300,000 in order to fund the expenses for the attempt.

[via The Telegraph]

Tags: balloonist, atlantic-ocean
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