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Man takes to the skies using 100 balloons

By T.K. Randall
October 27, 2017 · Comment icon 13 comments

The stunt was reminiscent of the movie 'Up'. Image Credit: CC BY-2.0 Ishmael Orendain
Tom Morgan managed to reach a height of 8,000ft by attaching helium balloons to a camping chair.
The British adventurer and his team spent a whole two days inflating the balloons before launching from a site north of Johannesburg in South Africa.

They had previously attempted to launch in Botswana but had run in to difficulties due to the weather.

This time however everything went perfectly.
The 38-year-old soared over a distance of more than 25km at an altitude of 8,000ft before finally coming in to land after selectively bursting some of the balloons to aid his descent.

Describing the experience as 'unbelievably cool', Morgan also admitted that during take-off he had been feeling 'somewhere between terrified and elated'.

"If something had gone horribly wrong it would have been pretty permanent," he said. "There was a priest from South America who did it a few years ago and he went too high and didn't come back."

Source: BBC News | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
If your ride was paid for by you, the "pilot" should have had a landing place in mind.  Granted if the wind shifted his original choice might not have been possible, but he should have planned for any issues.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Stiff 6 years ago
I knew I'd read of a similar tale many years ago from the Darwin awards...
Comment icon #6 Posted by TripGun 6 years ago
This must have been how ancient man achieved flight.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog 6 years ago
lol, that's just silly.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Almighty Evan 6 years ago
33-year-old One-Trick Wonder Larry Walters never accomplished anything else in his life before offing himself 11 years later.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Smarty Thousers 6 years ago
This reminds me of that king of the hill episode where they strap bill in a lawn chair with balloons attached...
Comment icon #10 Posted by godnodog 6 years ago
News reportrs should report this as a stupid stunt, no wonder people keep doing stupider stuff everyday for 1m of fame
Comment icon #11 Posted by Ernest 6 years ago
U see all sorts of weirdos in this world..
Comment icon #12 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
8000ft.    Good gads that would be scary in a camping chair.       I didn't have any luck finding a pic of the camping chair.   I'm guessing it was modified quite a bit.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Stiff 6 years ago
I'm not sure why there appears to be two different ones but neither of them look to be too technical in their design or modifications... Whichever, he still needs his bumps feeling for attempting such a feat. 

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