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|Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:18 am Post subject: Two Eagles balloon crew surpasses world distance record
|Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev have flown more than 5,260 miles since lifting off from Saga, Japan.
Two balloonists crossing over the Pacific Ocean from Japan have surpassed a distance record for gas-filled balloon travel and are due to land in Baja California, Mexico, in two days, officials said.
Troy Bradley, an American, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, a Russian – known as the Two Eagles – had travelled more than 5,260 miles (8,465 km) by Thursday afternoon, according to a tracking website set up for their journey.
They surpassed the distance record of 5,209 miles (8,383 km) for gas balloons set on the only previous manned trans-Pacific flight, in 1981. The pilots are more than 250 miles west-north-west of San Francisco, California.
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That's pretty cool don't know if I'd want to be stuck in a hot air balloon for that long.
What do you think of their accomplishment ?