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Ballooning heroics

2002-07-03 22:38:45+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

No, I'm not talking about Steve Fossett's circumnavigation in a hot air balloon (he successfully touched down in Birdsville Australia today), this is some real ballooning history: Adam Savage recreates the 1982 flight of "Lawn Chair Larry" Walters

It was not a stunt, said the man in the chair. It was a scientific experiment.

No one knew exactly what was proved, however. Perhaps it was that latex can burst under pressure, a concept already well known in San Francisco.

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#Comment made: 2002-07-04 14:05:42+00 by: meuon

You'd think he would have bought some better ballons.. and Steve Fosset's event was definately 'under media-ized' as I am sure they were fed up following his and others antics attempting the same thing.

#Comment made: 2002-07-05 14:14:26+00 by: Prentiss Riddle

Ah, but personal cluster ballooning is not limited to the tethered, 50-feet-and-below variety: