you read this, veteran North Carolina balloonist Jonathan Trappe is
floating over the Atlantic Ocean somewhere right now in a small wicker
gondola lifted aloft by a cluster of colorful party balloons. It departed
from Maine on Thursday, September 12, 2013. A story on the ARRL website
is onboard. Mr. Trappe is no newcomer to flying in
such contraptions. In 2012 he and a specially designed small house
used a similar buoyancy arrangement to float above Mexico. A "toy balloon"
flight over the
met with success in September of 2011. Trappe became the only
person to have crossed the
by cluster balloon in May 2010. Uh-oh, being Friday
the 13th must have bode ill fortune for the intrepid aviator. I just
checked for an
and see that the flight ended in Newfoundland after just
12 hours due to technical difficulties. Bummer. No doubt he'll try again.
Posted September 13, 2013