Balloonists World Distance Record – Video : Two Eagles balloon crew surpasses distance record in Pacific flight

Balloonists World Distance Record - Video : Two Eagles balloon crew surpasses distance record in Pacific flight

US & Russian balloonists set world distance record, American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev, dubbed the “Two Eagles,” surpassed a 5,209-mile distance record for gas balloons on Thursday. The previous record was set in 1981 by Ben Abruzzo, Larry Newman, Ron Clark and Rock Aoki aboard Double Eagle V, which also launched from Japan. (In 1999, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones circumnavigated in a hybrid helium/hot-air balloon, the Breitling Orbiter 3.)

When the record was set, applause erupted at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in New Mexico, which is serving as mission control for the flight.

According to the team’s website:

“[Under] the rules established for the Fédèration Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the international air sports federation, an established record must be beaten by at least 1% of the previous distance. At 5:16 PM MST (0016 UTC), Two Eagles passed through the 5,260 mile (8,467 km) mark, besting the distance required to establish a new record.
“We would note that the Two Eagles team has not ‘broken the record.’ That will be determined by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, followed by the FAI, after a meticulous process of documentation and review that may take several weeks or months.”