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Englishman flies over South Africa in a cheap camping chair tied to 100 balloons

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Englishman flies over South Africa in a cheap camping chair tied to 100 balloons
Source: RichardBrandonCox/FoxNews

Like a scene from the movie “Up”, a British adventurer has flown 25km across South Africa suspended from 100 helium-filled balloons.

“It was a fairly indescribable feeling, wafting across Africa… dangling from a load of balloons”.

A British adventurer has flown over the countryside north of Johannesburg, South Africa, by sitting in a cheap folding chair attached to nothing more than 100 helium-filled balloons. Tom Morgan, 38, is part of a group called The Adventurists. He said: "It was a fairly indescribable feeling, wafting across Africa on a cheap camping chair dangling from a load of balloons". Morgan flew 24 km (almost 16 miles) in two hours, reaching altitudes of 2,530 metres (8,300 feet).

Man flies across South Africa powered by 100 balloons The 38-year-old spent two entire days inflating the 100 balloons used for the daring flight. Source: Facebook/HuffpostUKLifestyle

Like a scene from a Pixar movie he soared above the ground suspended from balloons

If you have ever seen the Hollywood blockbuster movie ‘Up’, you may have wondered to yourself if it was actually possible to fly with balloons. Well, one intrepid adventurer has done it for real with just a few minor modifications. Using nothong more than dozens of colourful helium-filled balloons, Tom Morgan from Bristol-based company The Adventurists, drifted up into the South African skies.

The brave daredevil flew a distence of 25km (15.5 miles) and reached heights of 2,438m (over 8,000ft) suspended from 100 helium balloons, sitting on an ordinary folding camping chair. After a series of trial runs in Botswana, but with many setbacks due to strong winds, he finally lifted off north of Johannesburg last week.

After the attempt, the adventure company says it plans to organise a helium balloon race in Africa.

Source: IndianExpress

Using the last of his helium supply on his eighth attempt, he finally found success for the “magical” flight.
Several earlier attempts failed due to bad weather that kept popping the balloons Using the last of his helium supply on his eighth attempt, he finally found success for the “magical” flight. Source: RichardBrandonCox/FoxNews
“The flight accelerated very quickly as the balloons drifted towards the inversion layer of the atmosphere — where the temperature drops” he told the BBC.
He admitted feeling “somewhere between terrifying and elated” as he slowly rose in the air “The flight accelerated very quickly as the balloons drifted towards the inversion layer of the atmosphere — where the temperature drops” he told the BBC. Source: RichardBrandonCox/Huffingtonpost
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