American Jonathan Trappe has made an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a bunch of 375 colorful balloons, inflated with helium. The flight began in the morning on September 12. Basket of the balloon – an unusual, it can turn into an inflatable boat if still adventurer will be forced to land in the sea …
1. American Jonathan Trappe soared to 375 balloons filled with helium, for that would cross the Atlantic. Under favorable conditions, the flight would take about a week. In the photo – preparing for flight.
2. Trapp holds the record of the 14-hour flight – he had previously on the balloons crossed the English Channel in 2010 and the Alps in 2011.
3. 39-year-old North Carolina native Jonathan Trappe was preparing for this trip a long two years.
4. A few hours after the start, he landed on the Canadian island of Newfoundland, and was preparing to spend the night there before heading out to the open ocean, according to his page on the Facebook, and the movements of the Trapp can watch online Delorme.
5. Earlier Trapp was flying, using instead the gondola chair, then the envy of fans of the famous cartoon “Up”, flew in a small house built of aluminum and steel.
6. But the ultimate goal was the most ambitious. “Crossed the Atlantic many times and most unusual ways, but no one flew it so” – quoted by The Daily Telegraph. Prepare for a new start he helped some 150 volunteers.
7. Jonathan Trappe responsibly approached the selection of equipment.
“With the Atlantic trifled with. Five people died trying to cross it in a balloon. And two unmanned bunch of balls lost in the ocean. I remembered about it and did his best to reduce the risk. I spent a few months in search of the perfect gondola, which can cross this endless expanse of water. I needed something that would save me if I’m in the ocean. After much deliberation and searching, I finally found the perfect, strong, tough double-hulled boat. These boats are used sailors when their ship is wrecked, “- Trapp wrote on his official website.
8. Move up and down in search of passing air flow at an altitude of 7.6 km Trapp intended simply – dumping ballast and untying or firing balls.
9. After about 13 hours after the start of the adventurer landed in a deserted, wooded area to the south of the village of Lark Harbour. There were no injuries. “It’s not like France” – he shared observations. Had to spend the night in the boat. On Friday afternoon he spotted a helicopter leased by a Canadian broadcaster CBC-si. “I’ve never been so happy to see a journalist” – admitted Trapp.
10. According to him, flying to Newfoundland, he realized that he too quickly used up most of their ballast – sandbags, and calculations have shown that up to Europe he did not get to. You had to choose: to get on the island, or splash down somewhere in the ocean the next day.
11. “Yes, the attempt failed – he stressed. – But all of this expedition was to be an adventure for me. And I got exactly what I wanted – an adventure. ”
Before the start of Trapp said on its Web site: “I spent two years preparing for this trip … The last person to cross the Atlantic from the U.S. to Europe in a balloon filled with helium, Colonel / U.S. Air Force / Joe Kittinger. It happened in 1984. Since then, decades passed, but no one else was able to repeat this. And no one has ever tried to fly across the ocean on a bunch of balloons. ”
12. Since 1970, he added, “five people were killed trying to cross the Atlantic” for single balloons.
16. Jonathan is planning to repeat the attempt and reach another continent within three to six days after take-off. Then it can be, depending on the air currents, anywhere – from Africa to Norway.