Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean, 1978
Double Eagle II was a helium balloon piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman in an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1978. Double Eagle was designed by Ed Yost and had a 101,000 cubic foot (2,860 cubic meters) envelope. Abruzzo and Anderson rode in an insulated open gondola measuring 6 by 6.5 feet (1.8 by 2 meters).
The attempt was regarded as a successful crossing at the point that the Double Eagle II crossed the Irish coast, on the evening of 16 August. The crossing was made official as the first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it landed 17th August 1978 in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours 6 minutes after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
It was the eleventh recorded attempt to make the crossing, which had been an open challenge in ballooning for more than a century.
Extra Note: Newman originally intended to hang glide from the balloon to a landing,
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