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May 25, 2010

Balloons And An Office Chair

If you saw the Pixar movie 'Up,' you probably thought nobody can really fly with balloons. Well, you can. On a dare from his work mates, Jonathan Trappe took his first balloon-powered flight two years ago, in his office chair. Hoisted by over 50 giant helium balloons, he sailed up to 14,000 feet, floating across the North Carolina countryside for over 4 hours. Jonathan has done a handful of flights since, and he's become addicted to these silent and joyful flights of fancy. This week he's in England, attempting to cross the English Channel, with the power of helium.

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